HOUSTON - Interstate 10 eastbound traffic at Houston Avenue moved again Wednesday afternoon.
That was not the case early in the day.
Houston Police said around 1 a.m. a backhoe on the back of an 18 wheeler hit an overpass, struck each beam and peeled off a protective steel plate.
The steel plate served like a giant can opener opening up and splitting four trucks that later took the route near downtown Houston. It was later cut off by TXDOT crews.
TXDOT said the bridge is safe, but the truck did not have a permit for the high load.
This is at least the fourth time this year that a truck that was too tall struck the bridge.
TransStar cameras captured images of a similar impact on April 20 when another 18 wheeler hit the overpass.
That impact also shut down the eastbound lanes on I-10.
"We're going to do some work on I-10, 45, there in the downtown area. Including some of the freeways to the south. As part of that plan, we'll do some work on that bridge,” Danny Perez, TXDOT Spokesman said.
He said the eventual plan is to replace the Houston Avenue and Hogan/Crockett bridges, which is part of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project.
TXDOT said that could happen in the next five to 10 years. For now, the priority is to fix the damage.
Update to the I10 FWY E/B at Taylor, two lanes @ left will be open in 45 min and two lanes @ right will be blocked through out morning rush hours.#HouNews
CC10 — Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 13, 2017
This is the fourth time this year that the bridge has been struck.
Check out a timeline of the incidents below:
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