— UPDATE: A TxDOT has sent a contractor out to the site of the incident, and the process of debris removal has officially begun.
According to the TxDOT the main lanes of I-20 will be reopened sooner than originally expected. Eastbound and main lanes will be opened by Friday, and the westbound lanes will be reopened shortly after.
The detour for westbound traffic was shortened by the end of yesterday (Wednesday) as crews completed beginning cleanup.
Traffic will continue to be diverted to Highway 176 in Big Spring, and then will be routed to Farm Road 2599 and directed back to I-20. Drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution and read posted road signs.
— Wednesday, November 6th
According to the authorities on the scene, a westbound tractor trailer hit a guardrail on I-20 in Howard County, Texas near mile marker 170.
The driver over corrected which and the trailer to take out the bridge’s support beams causing half of the bridge to collapse. A second tractor trailer also collided with the wreckage.
Neither driver was injured.
Westbound lanes are being detoured to Highway 176 to Highway 137 in Martin County.
Cleanup will not begin until a contractor can evaluate the situation, and equipment will be needed to remove the debris.
The westbound lanes will be closed for at least Wednesday and Thursday.