Truck hits U. S. 59 bridge

Lufkin, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police ticketed a Baytown man this Monday afternoon after he apparently took what will be a very expensive wrong turn.  The driver was apparently hauling a large backhoe.  He was headed north on Highway 59.

His permit was for directions that included a left turn on Spence Street, but he missed that turn and instead hit the overpass, damaging the underside of it.  He was cited for failure to comply with duties upon striking a fixed object, which is basically a hit and run with a stationary item.

Early estimates are that repairs could cost 50 thousand dollars.

Traffic now on the U.S. 59 southbound bridge at Loop 287 has been restricted to two lanes until further notice.

The Texas Department of Transportation is working to let an emergency contract this week to repair the bridge. TxDOT hopes to re-open the structure by the end of the month.  The early estimate of repairs is about $50,000.  A contractor recently completed some $20,000 in repairs that resulted when the bridge was struck last summer.

TxDOT District Maintenance forces cleared debris from the roadway to keep The Loop traffic moving. The Lufkin Police Department directed traffic during the clean up.

TxDOT says the bridge is safe for motorists to use.  The traveling public is urged to use caution and to obey posted warning signs in this area as well as all construction zones.  Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present