According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there is no timetable as to when the missing overhead sign along I-37 near Port will be replaced.
The sign was knocked down during an accident on Tuesday afternoon. A black truck had lost control and hit a barricade, causing it to run into the back of an 18-wheeler. The big rig then jackknifed and slammed into the support struts for an overhead sign, sending it crashing to the ground.
TxDOT says a major redesign of the sign must be done so that the sign can withstand hurricane force winds. They said all options can be considered.
"TxDOT is scheduling the demolition and removal of that structure, the truss. The signs on the truss, they appear to be in good shape and salvageable," TxDOT's Rickey Dailey said. "As a cost saving measure, we are going to take those signs off and put them on the new structure."
Dailey said an early estimate of the cost will be anywhere from $250,000-$325,000.
At this time, travel lanes are open. All of the exits are marked and electronic message signs are in place.
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