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August 04, 2011

Huge mess in west Fort Worth: Eastbound I-30 closed all day today and much of Friday after crash destroys bridge column

Detour 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.

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Jack

I sure hope the DPS holds that reckless truckdriver accountable for the damages and he has to pay for every bit of repairs. He knows how tall his truck is and doesn't care if he causes a calamity. He cares nothing for other people.

Seth

Yeah, Jack, I'm sure he wanted to destroy his truck, kill his son and end up in the hospital just to annoy people.

Jackie

Jack, the truck didn't damage the bridge because it was too tall, it damaged it because it was out of control. Get all the info before making stupid statements. Have a little compassion for a man who is personally responsible for the death of his son.

Nettie

Thank You to the Bridge Inspectors, Maintenance Section employees and Fort Worth District for being on the scene since early this a.m.- you may be doing your 'job', but without you - things could not get done. Thank You for your a job well done!
Prayers to the man & his family, who lost their loved one.

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