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TxDOT decides to replace damaged bridge

Nolan Co., TEXAS - The Texas Department of Transportation decided it would be best to replace a damaged bridge over I-20 in Nolan county.

The  U.S. 84 eastbound overpass at I-20 was damaged in a collision with a semi in late September.

TxDOT says the bridge was already scheduled to be replaced in 2017 . The decision comes after extensive inspections and consultations with engineers.

In a press release a department spokesperson wrote ,"moving the project forward will address the recent damages and also provide an improved structure. Preliminary plans call for a one-span bridge with retaining walls to maximize the 'clear zone' distance from the I-20 main lanes to the bridge columns."

Design of the new bridge is under way.

The project is expected to go out for bids this winter, with construction starting shortly after. Specific time frames and costs are still being determined.

The existing bridge will be demolished and removed to speed up the replacement project and allow both lanes of westbound I-20 to be opened.

The outside lane has been closed since the crash.

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