The vehicle, which belongs to Coastal Tankers, was carrying gasoline. The driver of the tanker wasn't hurt, and no other vehicles were involved.
The crash shut down the Eastex Freeway and 610 in both directions for several hours. All main lanes re-opened several hours later, but TxDOT officials are keeping the Highway 59 northbound ramp to the North Loop westbound closed until extensive repairs can be made.
"Our maintenance contractor will have to remove the top overlay of concrete to expose the first level of steel and then re-pour the concrete for almost the entire span," said Raquelle Lewis, TxDOT spokeperson. "We are making a significant effort to get the ramp re-opened by the end of this week. Our contractor is mobilizing and we are securing materials as we speak. Work will progress in an expeditious manner and with good weather we should finish this week."
Right now, TxDOT is estimating repair cost at about $100,000.