FORT WORTH -- Motorists will be dealing with reduced lanes and slow traffic on Interstate 30 in east Fort Worth through at least June, and possibly July.
The I-30 bridge that burned in a fatal March 28 tanker fire will take three to four months to repair and cost about $677,000, an official with the Texas Department of Transportation said.
The agency has completed its design plan and awarded an emergency contract to Gibson and Associates to make the repairs. Construction will begin next week, spokesman Val Lopez said.
Repairs will include replacing four steel beams and rebuilding part of the bridge substructure and concrete deck. The transportation department will buy the beams directly from a manufacturer to speed up the work.
During most of the project, two lanes will remain open on the westbound side just west of Beach Street. All four lanes will remain open on the eastbound side.
An advisory speed limit of 45 mph will remain posted.
Louis Nieves, 23, the driver of a 1996 Ford pickup that slammed into the fully loaded fuel tanker while headed the wrong way on I-30, is under arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and intoxication manslaughter.
The tanker overturned and exploded, emitting a tower of flames that could be seen for miles. The tanker driver, Alejandro Raya, 45, was trapped inside the cab and died at the scene.
Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796