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Truck hits Arlington bridge over I-30, closing one lane

ARLINGTON — Traffic on a bridge over Interstate 30 Thursday morning was throttled by a lane closure that resulted from a tractor-trailer hitting the under side of the bridge Wednesday night, officials said.

The closure affected northbound motorists on the Watson Bridge, which carries traffic on Texas 360 over the interstate.

Officials late Wednesday inspected the bridge, which is near Six Flags, after the 18-wheeler lost control and struck pillars on the bridge, scattering pieces of concrete underneath, police said.

A more extensive inspection by officials with the Texas Department of Transportation could not be done until Thursday morning, said Val Lopez, TxDOT spokesman.

"We waited for daybreak because they needed additional lighting," he said. "After that, we'll have a better understanding of what repairs are necessary."

The work could be performed by TxDOT crews or by a private company that would win the contract through the competitive bidding process, which could take days to complete, Lopez said.

Therefore, he added, the bridge would be "closed until further notice."

The truck was westbound on Interstate 30 when the driver lost control and struck the northbound Watson Bridge about 8:50 p.m., according to police.

Traffic on the interstate was flowing Thursday morning, but the northbound lane of Watson Road is expected to remain closed until the bridge can be repaired.