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
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.
- Bridge over San Jacinto River on Interstate 10
- Channelview, Harris County, Texas
- Closed due to barge collision
- Future prospects
- To be repaired or rebuilt and reopened as quickly as possible.
- 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)
- Inventory numbers
- TXNBI 121020050801222 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 86741 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- 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