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

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.

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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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