Pelican Island Bridge reopens 3 days after barge crash

Workers look down on the site where a barge hit the Pelican Island Bridge Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Galveston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip, Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Pelican Island Bridge is set to reopen to pedestrians and vehicles tonight just three days after it was mistakenly hit by a barge, challenging the bridge’s structural integrity and releasing as many as 2,000 gallons of oil into the surrounding waters.

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The announcement was made by the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management on X (formerly Twitter), who said that the bridge would be open “no later than 9 p.m. [Saturday night].”

Early estimates stated that up to 2,000 gallons of oil may have spilled into water when the barge carrying fuel broke free from a tugboat and struck the bridge in Galveston.

A short time later, the City of Galveston confirmed on Facebook that the bridge had officially reopened—this time, with specific weight limits.

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