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BREAKING: U.S. 59 to Close Between Downtown and The Loop This Weekend

The approximate location on U.S. 59 at I-610 where a truck damaged an underpass on Friday.
The approximate location on U.S. 59 at I-610 where a truck damaged an underpass on Friday.
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An accident has forced TxDOT to close portions of U.S. 59 north of downtown this weekend so emergency repairs can be done to a bridge.

Early Friday morning, a truck struck a concrete barrier wall on the I-610 North Loop eastbound over U.S. 59, which is also Interstate 69 at that location, TxDOT said. The Houston Chronicle reported that a hydraulic lift on the truck slammed into the bridge. A piece of metal smashed through another driver's windshield, but amazingly no one was hurt.

The freeway will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday at the latest, so crews can make repairs.

Drivers traveling north on U.S. 59 from downtown will be detoured to I-610 east. Drivers can then take the Lockwood exit, make a U-turn at Lockwood, continue on the I-610 north frontage road and rejoin U.S. 59 north. TxDOT says the far right lane of I-610 east will be closed as well.

Delays are a certainty, TxDOT warns, and police will be on site to redirect traffic.

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