TxDOT crews near completion of utility bridge repairs

Image of fiery crash along Interstate 10 near Stanton on Thursday, July 19, 2018.(Courtesy: Rene Robles)

The interstate has been closed now for nearly 32 hours.

Crews have been working around the clock to repair a utility bridge after a fiery crash involving a semi.

“We’re getting close to completion,” said west area engineer for TxDOT, Mo Moabed.

Working around the clock, crews are on the tail end of getting I10 back up and running.

“Everybody has been working as a team to open this road as fast as we can,” said Moabed.

After getting the semi off of the damaged utility bridge, TxDOT started working to stabilize the bridge.

Moabed told us they’ve put up what they call a shore tower to hold the bridge in place and put concrete barriers around the tower.

“This is a temporary fix and we are working on designing a new system to put in place, very quickly,” he said.

He said they’re trying to avoid disrupting the communication and water lines that run through the utility bridge and into downtown El Paso.

“We’re trying our best to minimize the impact to our community,” he said.

The driver of the semi made it out safely.

Investigators said he was grabbing a water bottle, prompting the crash.

El Paso police said he is not facing any charges at this time.

But depending on the investigation, he could get something as simple as a citation or more severe charges.

People we spoke with said he should be held responsible.

“I’m not sure why people don’t pay attention,” said El Paso resident Loredzo Saucedo.

“There’s a lot of things that people do that they should know better than to do,” said El Paso resident Julian Zavala.

TxDOT said it hopes to have the freeway open by midnight, but will have police officers out until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

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