UPDATED: Plans to reopen US 59 in Jefferson after trains collide

Traffic to be moved over to undamaged side of the bridge

UPDATE:

ATLANTA -- The U.S. 59 railroad overpass in Jefferson reopened to limited traffic Saturday following a train collision Friday morning that damaged a support column on one side of the bridge.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) flew in bridge inspectors to determine the extent of the damage to the bridge structure. It was determined that traffic could safely use the side of the bridge opposite of the derailment.

The overpass was reopened to limited traffic Saturday around 2 p.m.

Traffic was restricted to one lane each direction across the bridge and oversized and overweight vehicles will not be allowed use the bridge until permanent repairs are made. TxDOT expects to have emergency permanent repair plans finalized -- and a contractor hired to make repairs -- by the end of the week.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Special to the Journal/TxDOT, Atlanta District

ATLANTA -- Railroad crews will be working to remove derailed cars and construct a temporary support column under the US 59 bridge in Jefferson following the collision of two trains near the railroad overpass.

The Texas Department of Transportation flew in bridge inspectors to determine the extent of the damages to the bridge structure and it was determined that traffic could safely use the opposite side of the bridge. The US 59 railroad overpass is expected to reopen to traffic late Saturday afternoon or as soon as the temporary repairs are completed. Traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction across the bridge. TxDOT will contract for emergency permanent repairs as soon as possible.

The collision occurred around 10:50 a.m. Friday at a railroad crossroads with Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads. No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved in the collision and derailment.

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