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I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge


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

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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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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 was either undamaged or only slightly damaged, and was used for two-way traffic while the westbound bridge was repaired. 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.


Bridge over San Jacinto River on Interstate 10
Channelview, Harris County, Texas
Repaired and reopened after Hurricane Imelda. Pending complete replacement.
Future prospects
TXDOT has plans to replace both spans at this location.
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.
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
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)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 121020050801222 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 86741 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 79.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 10, 2022: Updated by Brad Smith: Updated the Hurricane Imelda repairs
  • September 22, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added bridge, with photo and video


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


I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by J. Middleton

This bridge is open as of January 2020. Long term plans call for a replacement bridge with 4 to 6 lanes in each direction with a possible HOV lane, and no columns in the river. https://www.starcouriernews.com/2020/02/new-ih-10-bridge-ove...

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.