Contact: Kathi White
Phone: (903) 510-9267
Date: May 3, 2019
KILGORE, Texas – The Texas Department of Transportation is preparing to remove the pedestrian bridge at Kilgore College and reopen Business US 259 (BU 259) to traffic by Monday, weather permitting. The bridge over BU 259 sustained irreparable damage when it was hit by an oversized load last Saturday. The roadway has remained closed for the safety of the traveling public.
According to TxDOT, the contractor expects to set-up its field operations Saturday and conduct bridge removal activities on Sunday. Additional cleanup work will be conducted Monday before BU 259 is opened to traffic. The work could be impacted or delayed by weather or other unforeseen conditions.
TxDOT and Kilgore College representatives have spent the week evaluating the bridge and working on options for opening the roadway to traffic. Discussions are ongoing on options for student access to cross the busy highway. Caution is advised when normal traffic flow resumes for BU 259.
Traffic will remain detoured until the bridge removal process is complete. Suggested alternate routes for motorists are as follows:
- BU 259 northbound rerouted to FM 1249
- BU 259 southbound rerouted to Houston St., then SH 135
The Kilgore College Police Department will have officers positioned at BU 259 to assist pedestrians crossing the roadway.
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