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Expect I-10 closures as crews continue to repair downtown utility bridge

Image of the fiery crash along I-10 near Stanton taken by Jordan Lucero

Work to rebuild a downtown utility bridge damaged when it was hit by a semitruck will continue next week, causing a partial closure of I-10.

On July 19, the utility bridge near Stanton Street was damaged when a semi driver who was reaching for a water bottle lost control and crashed into it, causing the semi to burst into flames.

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said there will be continuous weekend-long closures of I-10 in that area.

The closures of I-10 at downtown will begin next Friday at 8 p.m. and will last until Monday, when it reopens at 5 a.m.

“While work will happen on the westbound side of I-10 next weekend, the closure of the eastbound lanes is need for positioning of equipment,” said TxDOT El Paso District Engineer Bob Bielek. “We expect both sides of the interstate to open simultaneously in time for Monday morning’s rush hour traffic.”

In preparation for that closure, TxDOT says I-10 east in that area will be closed next Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drivers should exit and enter I-10 at downtown.

“Drivers should utilize alternate routes or plan for extra travel time if they plan to be downtown during this time. Additional congestion can be expected on the detour route as Yandell and Wyoming will be down to one lane during the closure to allow for utility work,” said Bielek.

Additional closures related to work on the bridge may be required as utility coordination continues. Drivers are encouraged to follow developments @TxDOTElPaso on Twitter and look for messages on dynamic message boards along I-10 and related routes.

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