I-20 Detour Causes Drivers Frustration 11/06/13
November 6, 2013
Big Spring – Traffic is backed up in both directions on Interstate 20 after an 18-wheeler strikes a bridge causing it to collapse. TxDOT crews have been on the scene since Tuesday night and have a contractor at the site to remove debris.
The interstate is expected to open up sometime next week. For now however, it’s a rare site to see a section of I-20 completely shut down with zero traffic. CBS 7 timed how long the detours took; traveling Eastbound it took about 30 to 40 extra minutes. Traveling Westbound through the detour, we clocked it at just over 13 minutes.
“Probably In the next few days that will re-open, we do have to still sure up the structure that is still standing over the eastbound side,” said TxDOT Public Information Officer for the Abilene District Darah Waldrip.
For the next few weeks the busy I-20 traffic will be detoured to SH 176. TxDOT officials are asking drivers to prepare for the added distance and plan accordingly.
“We ask for drivers help to make sure that they are being patient and cautious and driving defensively,” said Waldrip.
One CBS 7 viewer got caught in the traffic Tuesday night shortly after it happened and reported that she sat in traffic for four hours before she gave up and turned around. However even with the detour Big Spring residents still had to fight the traffic, “it took me an extra 30 minutes just to get home. It’s definitely a headache.”
Others are concerned wrecks will become more common. “I mean if they are in a hurry now then they are just going to be more of in a hurry because they’re going a different route,” said one Big Spring resident.