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Reopened bridges create happy drivers
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
Drivers no longer have to take detours on account of Southeast Texas bridges being closed. Texas Department of Transportation crews worked on de-icing the bridges before dawn Saturday. The Rainbow Bridge, Veterans Bridge, Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge, and the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge reopened at around 11 a.m.
Before Rainbow Bridge reopened, a long line of drivers waited their turn to cross. Texas Department of Transportation trucks took turns slowly escorting small groups of cars across the bridge.
Dennis Hodge, his wife, and friends are heading to Houston. They're glad the bridge is back open.
"Well, we're kind of excited about it because we would have had to go back the route we was going to go, and it's a little shorter if we do it this way," said Hodge.
Hodge and his group tried to cross the bridge earlier this morning.
"We went down there and they was talking about so much ice on it," said Hodge, "and traffic was piling up. So we decided well, we'll just come back this way, we need to go to Wal-Mart anyway, and from there we'd see if it opened. And somebody in Wal-Mart said it just opened, so we're going to head that way now."
Kurt Gaudet needed to cross Rainbow Bridge to get to work Friday.
"Ya, I couldn't go to work at all because I have two bridges to cross to get to work," said Gaudet.
He's glad the ice is gone and the bridge is open.
"Oh, it's going to help out a lot of business around here," said Gaudet, "because people going to be able to pass and get where they need to get to go and everything, and get errands done, and everything else."
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge also reopened this morning.
"It's nice that it's melting off now," said David Balch. "In fact, I was just coming across the bridge, I haven't been across in a couple of days, heading over to my yard to check on my guys because they've been stuck over here."
Balch is a dredge boat captain, and closed bridges mean stuck workers.
"We had one guy who ended up spending the night because he couldn't go home," said Balch. "He couldn't go across the bridge, so he stayed out on the dredge over night. Kept him warm."
Now that the bridges are open, work is back on and travelers can reach their destinations. The Texas Department of Transportation says at one point when the bridges were closed, they were so icy that it was dangerous for TXDOT crew members to work on them.