Northbound traffic on FM 700 was being diverted east onto the Interstate Highway 20 Service Road as construction crews work on the highway bridge at the intersection. (HERALD photo/Thomas Jenkins)
Needed repairs to the Interstate Highway 20 bridge intersecting with FM 700 continued Monday afternoon, as construction crews begin the arduous task of replacing several load-bearing beams on the roadway.
Crews from the Texas Department of Transportation and contractors were on the work site much of Monday morning and afternoon, as northbound traffic on FM 700 was diverted east to the highway's South Service Road to make room for the necessary equipment, which included a crane.
According to officials with TxDOT's Abilene office, the repairs were made necessary after the bridge was damaged by an 18-wheel truck carrying a heavy load Theyin October.
The work will require crews to remove and replace a large portion of the overpass deck and replace support beams and guard rails on the structure. Officials say the project should be completed in early March.
Officials at the work site said short-term and temporary road closures are expected as the work continues and urge driver's to use caution when approaching the area.
J.H. Strain and Sons, Inc. of Tye have been contracted to complete the project for about $250,000.