ATLANTA – The US 59 railroad overpass in Jefferson is now open to limited traffic following a train collision that damaged a support column on one side of the bridge.
TxDOT flew in bridge inspectors to determine the extent of the damages to the bridge structure, and it was determined that traffic could safely use the opposite side of the bridge. Crews worked through the night to construct a shoring tower to support the damaged area of the bridge and clear the derailed cars out from under the structure.
The US 59 railroad overpass was reopened to limited traffic Saturday around 2 p.m. Traffic is restricted to one lane each direction across the bridge, and oversized and overweight vehicles will not be allowed to use the bridge until permanent repairs are made. TxDOT expects to have emergency permanent repair plans finalized and a contractor hired to make repairs by the end of next week. TxDOT will continue to monitor the structure for any safety concerns until final repairs are made.
The collision occurred around 10:50 a.m. Friday at a railroad crossroads with Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads. No injuries were reported, and no hazardous materials were involved in the collision and derailment.
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