Transportation

TxDOT Says It Hopes To Quickly Wrap Up Repairs At 610 Ship Channel Bridge

Lane restrictions are still in place as TxDOT works to fix a problem that was discovered over the weekend. But officials say the bridge remains safe for vehicles.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) found out about a problem at the Houston Ship Channel Bridge during a routine inspection over the weekend.

It’s an inspection they do every two years. TxDOT spokeswoman Deidrea George said crews found some corrosion on a localized portion of the bridge.

“The assessment was to go ahead and make those repairs,” explained George. “So we shut down two southbound lanes from the Port of Houston to Manchester to assess the bridge and the corrosion.”

George said TxDOT also decided to close a third southbound lane.

“That actually is simply so the crews can get up under the bridge in that area and make those repairs,” she added.

George told News 88.7 they hope to reopen those closed lanes by Tuesday afternoon. But until then, southbound traffic remains heavy and commuters may want to find another route.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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