A hazardous traffic situation has developed at the Rock Creek bridges on Interstate 30 just east of Sulphur Springs and has resulted in at least one injury accident.
Work to replace the bridges has reduced westbound traffic on the interstate to a single lane, and at times has caused stop-and-go traffic backup conditions more than two miles east of the construction site.
Although the Texas Department of Transportation [TxDoT] says the work should be completed in July, work has currently been suspended and the contractor has moved off the construction site.
TxDoT spokesman Tray Turner says the work on the bridges is on hold due to “settlement issues discovered on one of the supporting structures.”
Turner said TxDoT's Construction Division in Austin has been consulted about the situation and will be sending personnel to conduct load testing next week.
“After this testing is complete, they will be able to determine the extent of the problem, tell whether additional settlement can be expected and recommend an appropriate action,” he said. “In the meantime, work on these bridges has been suspended. The traveling public can expect some delays during peak travel times and on holidays due to the lane closure.”
Turner said there was no threat to the integrity of the bridge structure and there is no danger to the public.
Traffic back-ups in recent years on the interstate east of Sulphur Springs have resulted in several serious crashes including fatal wrecks.
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