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I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge

Photo 

Damaged barge and columns under I-10 bridge from Coast Guard drone

Drone footage shows barges lodged beneath I-10 bridge

Two barges are lodged beneath the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge, after nine barges broke away from their moorings at the San Jacinto River Fleet in Houston, Sept. 20, 2019. A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas General Land Office, and Canal Barge Company is responding. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Zimmerman)

Snapshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Zimmerman, September 21, 2019

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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Video 

Incredible drone video shows aftermath of barge crash into I-10 bridge at San Jacinto River

KHOU 11 obtained Incredible drone video showing the aftermath of the barge crash into I-10 bridge at San Jacinto River. (Courtesy: Brandon Clement/LSM)

Brandon Clement/LSM via KHOU TV 11

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Description 

On September 20, 2019, Tropical Storm Imelda hit Southeast Texas, dumping record rainfall. Flooding on the San Jacinto River caused two barges to break loose from their moorings and strike the westbound span of the dual I-10 bridge, causing severe damage to several columns.

The span carrying the eastbound lanes is either undamaged or only slightly damaged, and may be used for two-way traffic while the westbound bridge is rebuilt. The damage on either span of the bridge cannot be ascertained until floodwaters recede enough to remove the barges and send divers into the water. I-10 in both directions will remain closed indefinitely.

This same bridge was also damaged by a barge collision in February 2019, closing it until May 2019.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over San Jacinto River on Interstate 10
Location
Channelview, Harris County, Texas
Status
Closed due to barge collision
Future prospects
To be repaired or rebuilt and reopened as quickly as possible.
History
Built 1971. Closed due to barge collision February 2019; reopened May 2019. Closed due to collision with runaway barges during Tropical Storm Imelda September 20, 2019.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 220.2 ft.
Total length: 2,608.1 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 51.8 ft.
Skew angle
99 degrees
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Crosby Lynchburg Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.79356, -95.06321   (decimal degrees)
29°47'37" N, 95°03'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/300575/3297694 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 121020050801222 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 86741 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added bridge, with photo and video

Sources 

  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Houston Chronicle - I-10 bridge struck by runaway barges to remain closed for damage assessment

Comments 

I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge
Posted September 22, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed twice in the past year due to barge collisions. Perhaps there is some kind of navigation problem here.