Main lanes of WB Highway 90 now open, TxDOT says

SAWS, TxDOT crews reopened main lanes Friday

By Julie Moreno - Executive Producer/Social Media

Courtesy: SAWS

SAN ANTONIO - UPDATE FRIDAY 3:20 p.m.: 

The Texas Department of Transportation in San Antonio announced crews have now reopened the main westbound lanes of Highway 90 at Hunt Lane.

TxDOT officials said crews had to "get it right and test the highway to make sure it's ready to withstand traffic again."

The announcement comes three days after a 24-inch sewer main collapsed underneath the highway and caused a deep hole in the road.

UPDATE THURSDAY 3:24 p.m.:

Crews are still working on repairing the collapsed sewer line and hope to finish at sometime Thursday.

But it doesn't appear the main lanes of Highway 90 at Hunt Lane will reopen for the evening commute, SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said.

One lane of the westbound frontage road of Highway 90 is open.

We'll keep you updated on the situation.

UPDATE THURSDAY 11:15 a.m.:

A SAWS spokesperson said crews are still working on repairing the collapsed sewer line that caused the complete closure of the main lanes of Highway 90 at Hunt Lane. 

Crews are hoping to have the repairs done some time on Thursday, but it's not expected to be before the evening commute.

One lane of the westbound frontage road of Highway 90 is open.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 4:50 p.m.:

Wet weather on Wednesday delayed the final stages of repair, SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said. SAWS hopes to finalize filling the repair hole and laying asphalt over it on Thursday. Until then, only one westbound frontage lane remains open.

Please avoid the area if possible.

(ORIGINAL STORY)

Texas Department of Transportation crews have shut down the main lanes of westbound Highway 90 at Hunt Lane due to a deep hole in the road caused by a sewer main collapse.

WATCH: SKY 12 shows aerial view of collapsed portion of Highway 90

The closure is expected to remain in effect through Tuesday night. Commuters are being asked to find alternate routes.

San Antonio Water System said a 24-inch sewer main collapsed in the 13000 block of Ray Ellison Boulevard and caused a sewer spill large enough to require public notice. A SAWS spokesperson said the spill has been contained.

The sewer main was already scheduled to be replaced as part of a Environmental Protection Agency consent decree, but it failed before work could begin.

“We were unaware that it was this critical, this soon,” Anne Hayden, SAWS spokesperson said.

It was scheduled to be a $5.7 million dollar project that would take about a year. Hayden said that estimate could change with Tuesday's collapse.

Hayden said the goal of the consent decree is zero sewer spills.

“We’re not there yet, but we’re working on it,” Hayden said. “We have the budget. We have the resources scheduled to take care of it.”

TxDOT tweeted pictures of the resulting collapse of Highway 90 Tuesday morning.

In addition to the closure on Highway 90, crews are also shutting down the ramp from Loop 410 to Highway 90 west. 

Traffic is being diverted to the frontage road.

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