Traffic returns to all lanes on I-10 San Jacinto River bridge

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- After several months of bridge repair, the East Freeway is back open in both directions.

The bridge had been shut down since September of last year, when several barges crashed into it during the height of flooding from Imelda.

At the time, engineers said they had validated information that the eastbound bridge was unaffected by the barge hits and they were able to open two eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes.

Divers and state engineer teams also inspected the bridge, confirming damage to several support columns on the westbound span of the double bridge.

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The incident follows a similar closure in the past few years, again because of barges that tore loose during floods.

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