Motorists can expect a big mess in west Fort Worth for the next 24 to 36 hours. Eastbound Interstate 30 is closed near West Loop 820, after a crash involving an 18-wheeler at Alta Mere Drive destroyed a bridge column.
"It's a testament to the construction we have that a bridge is able to stand up with one of its columns destroyed," said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez.
He said the agency hoped to have "a couple of main lanes and a frontage road lane" open by Friday afternoon.
"We're working on the assumption we will be open sometime Friday," he said. "We're putting up temporary shoring, basically temporary columns."
Fort Worth police closed eastbound Interstate 30 at West Loop 820 after being called to the crash at 1:22 a.m., the Star-Telegram's Susan McFarland reports. Lighted road signs are directing eastbound motorists in the Willow Park area to exit at Interstate 20 or to take West Loop 820 North. Motorists also can take Spur 580 (Camp Bowie Boulevard) to avoid the closure but should expect delays.