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Bells highway reopens after bridge damage detour

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Workers examine damage to the railroad bridge over US 69 in Bells, Texas. (KTEN) Workers examine damage to the railroad bridge over US 69 in Bells, Texas. (KTEN)

BELLS, Texas -- A stretch of US 69 reopened to traffic in Bells Friday afternoon following an unplanned two-day shutdown.

A railroad bridge over the highway was damaged Wednesday by a truck hauling an oversized load.

As crews worked on the bridge, commuters had to find an alternate route.

"It's been horrible," said John Nicks, who lives near the damaged bridge. "We have to drive completely all the way around just to get to 56 to get that way. I mean, you can still get to 82, but that's about it."

Local resident George Erwin wondered if having a more prominent alert to motorists ahead of the 13-foot 11-inch railroad span might have prevented the accident in the first place.

"Yes, if they'd had warning lights it might help," he said. "It depends on the driver and his condition."

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