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TxDOT: Cotton overpass will reopen sooner than expected

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Friday, November 1, 2013 - 4:43pm

Some good news for El Paso motorists - TxDOT said they anticipate repairs on the Cotton Overpass will be quicker than they had anticipated. All of the lanes should be open by November 10.

It has been two weeks since a Union Pacific train derailed, cracking the support pillars of I-10. For almost 24 hours an entire stretch of the interstate was shut down and then closed to only three lanes.

TxDOT officials originally anticipated that repairs would take 15 working days, but they said at Friday's Metropolitan Organization Meeting, that crews have been working on repairing the columns non-stop and I-10 Westbound at Cotton should be free and clear sooner.

"They were supposed to pour the column cap last evening. That needs about four days to cure properly. So early next week, because it was poured last actually, we should be able to open both the lanes on I-ten," Bob Bielek, El Paso's District Engineer for TxDOT said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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