Editor's note: The above video showing the damage to the bridge first aired in September 2019.

HOUSTON — Good news for drivers who frequently travel I-10 east of Houston: the westbound bridge over the San Jacinto River is open again.

After months of closures, repairs to the bridge were completed over the weekend. All westbound lanes reopened the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 12.

But be aware as of Monday morning the eastbound bridge still only had two lanes open as officials continue to re-stripe and put the lanes back in their original configuration.

Traffic traveling in both directions were sharing the eastbound bridge for more than three months, creating headaches for drivers who depend on one of the busiest freeways in the country.

Barges slammed into the bridge in September 2019 as remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded southeast Texas. 

A few days after the incident, photos released by the Texas Department of Transportation showed crews putting up a concrete divider on the bridge that was not damaged.

The state worked with a contractor who installed temporary support beams while the permanent repair investigation and work continued.

It was a hassle for drivers, and nearby businesses worried about their bottom line.

"My business is terrible on account of this,” says Alex Addy who owns a truck wash business along I-10.

As for the barge companies involved in the collision, "we handle this bridge-versus-barge just as we would handle an 18-wheeler that hits an overpass," said TxDOT spokeswoman Emily Black last year. "So we do a normal damage claim with the responsible parties insurance company. So that’s going to all be going through insurance. I can’t tell you how the claim’s going to go, but we try to recoup some of the costs from the responsible parties insurance, that way."


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