Unified command makes progress in response to barges striking I-10 San Jacinto River bridge

A member of the unified command operations section inspects damage to the I-10 San Jacinto River bridge near Channelview, Texas, Sept. 21, 2019. A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas General Land Office, and Canal Barge Company was established to respond to barge allision with the bridge. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy asset)

A member of the unified command operations section inspects damage to the I-10 San Jacinto River bridge near Channelview, Texas, Sept. 21, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy asset)

HOUSTON — The unified command is making progress in response to the two barges that struck the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge near Channelview, Texas.

As of 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Ingram Barges IB1923, IB1927, IB1954, IB1960, and IB1985 have been transferred to shipyards for inspection. Five barges that were located at a shipyard near the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge have been moved as well.

The area where the barge is resting has been confirmed to be a superfund site. As a precautionary measure, consistent water monitoring is occurring along with air monitoring both on the water and along the shoreline.

There are no reports of air or water pollution at this time.

“Our top priorities are the safety of the communities and all responders as well as protecting the environment,” said Harry Nilsen, incident commander. “We are working diligently and safely to restore travel on both the waterway and the roadway.”


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