Traffic in Jasper is always heavy on a Friday and, generally, it’s on U.S. Highway 96 as residents of the Golden Triangle have boats and RV’s in tow as they make a mad dash northward to spend the weekend in the Jasper Lakes Area. However, this is different. This is mayhem! U.S. Highway 190 was bumper-to-bumper on Friday as it handled traffic that would normally be on Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 90, and State Highway 105.
Highway 190 is IT right now - the only east/west corridor for those trying to traverse the Gulf Coastal Plain.
Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Imelda caused massive flooding that wreaked havoc on 10, 90, and 105. In fact on Friday morning KFDM 6 News was reporting that there were people still stranded in their vehicles on Interstate 10 for 28 hours straight. No food, no water, no nothing. They couldn’t go forward or backward, they couldn’t go north or south, they couldn’t go anywhere.
Word came late Friday morning that the high water level in the San Jacinto River resulted in several barges breaking loose from their moorings and the swift moving current crashed them into the columns of the Interstate 10 San Jacinto River Bridge. When workers were finally able to remove them and get a look at the damage, it was about as bad as it could get. Entire concrete columns were completely severed and broken away. Now, the Texas Department of Transportation says the bridge will be closed indefinitely, until repairs can be made.
Meanwhile, there were sections of both U.S. Highway 90 and State Highway 105 that were still under water on Friday.
Hopefully, 90 and 105 will be completely clear by Saturday and able to handle the east/west flow.
Until that happens, U.S. Highway 190 will continue to be the only east/west corridor for that traffic.