SMITH COUNTY - An emergency contract is being put into place in connection with the Farm-to-Market Road 849 bridge accident that happened on Nov.14.
TxDOT evaluated and closed the bridge after a tanker drum fell off a flat-bed trailer and damaged three of the four girders under the brige.
According to TxDOT, construction plans to replace the structure were already ready, allowing the project to move forward quickly.
The replacement project will remove the existing steel and concrete structure over I-20 and replace it with a 4-span reinforced concrete bridge and include roadway work to connect to the new overpass a approach slabs. The project is expect to take six months to complete.
Here are some detour routes during the construction:
- WESTBOUND I-20
- Hideaway (northbound FM 849) - Take Farm-to-Market Road 849 Exit
- Tyler (southbound FM 849) - Take Highway 110 exit, take left to cross I-20 using Toll 49 bridge, take left on I-20 south south service road.
- EASTBOUND I-20
- Hideaway (northbound FM 849) - Take Toll 49 exit, take left to cross I-20 using Toll 49 bridge, take left on I-20 north service road/I-20 westbound entrance ramp, take FM 849 exit.
- Tyler (southbound FM 849) - Take FM 849 exit
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