TxDOT: Falling Chunks of Concrete, Gaping Hole in I-20 Overpass Are Perfectly Normal

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If you happened to find yourself on westbound I-20 yesterday, our condolences. The entire interstate was closed for a brief time between Lancaster Avenue and Houston School Road, and lane closures lasted into the evening, causing traffic to back up for miles.

You might be alarmed to discover that the delay was caused by chunks of concrete dropping onto the freeway from a gaping hole in the Houston School Road overpass. TxDOT says you shouldn't be.

"As strange as it sounds, this isn't uncommon and the structure is still safe," agency spokesman Tony Hartzel told The Dallas Morning News.

Yep, just your average humdrum "pavement failure" that NBC 5's Ray Villeda attributed to "a pothole and the weather."

So run-of-the-mill was the breach that TxDOT rushed crews to the bridge and kept parts of the interstate shut down for five hours of emergency repairs.

No big deal, and certainly not a reason to go worrying yourself about the dismal state of the country's infrastructure.

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ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

The "uncommon" spin is not surprising. But neither is it eassuring. Let Hartzel sleep under that bridge.

MisterMean
MisterMean

What it needs is an over budget suspension bridge or a fry-scrapper to fix it (past wastes of tax dollars that should have been used to fix the infrastructure but was wasted on eye candy

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I've noticed that the condition of most of I-20 in Dallas county has gone downhill in the last decade. This is just another symptom.

uberdeft
uberdeft

In the video you can see it was previously repaired rectangular sections that fell. Whatever they used to fix it before fell out. So make sure whenever the initiative to repair old infrastructure comes about that they do not use plasticrete to fix them.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Meanwhile I'm traveling east on I-20 last week between 175 and 635 when I hear this clanging sound and shortly thereafter find myself on the side of the road, right rear tire shredded to bits from some piece of metal that fell off some truck flying past.

Yes, I know, I just needed to vent.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

You might be alarmed to discover that the delay was caused by chunks of concrete dropping onto the freeway from a gaping hole in the Houston School Road overpass. TxDOT says you shouldn't be.

You might be alarmed to discover that the delay was caused by chunks of concrete dropping FROM  the freeway BRIDGE onto Houston School Road Below ..

There Fixed it for you !

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Funny, Tony Hartzel used to work for the DMN as the transportation writer. From hack to flack.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

@Montemalone Just this past Saturday, going west on 20, an old truck filled with junk passed by us and it was dropping junk.  It dropped an old metal container and of course after a couple of hits on the road, it got right in our path and we couldn't avoid running over it.  Managed to move over to the shoulder and dislodge it and continue.  I wonder what else he dropped.  No net, no tie downs, nothing.  Where are the police or constables when you need one?

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