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Bridge Demolition Will Shut I-35 Overnight in Buda

Bridge over I-35
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TxDOT will begin demolishing a bridge over I-35 (not this one) tonight, and it means overnight shutdowns of I-35 near Buda.

Some crucial traffic information if you're planning on driving along I-35 in Hays County: The Texas Department of Transportation says it will close all northbound lanes near Buda exit 217 from 8 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday.  Traffic will be rerouted along access roads.

TxDOT says they'll repeat the whole procedure with the southbound lanes on Wednesday night during the same time frame. Northbound lanes will not close Wednesday night.

The reason? Bridge demolition. TxDOT is going to destroy the existing County Rd 210 Bridge and build a new five lane span.

Those hoping for an exciting demolition spectacle might be disappointed, according to TxDOT.

"No exciting explosion," spokesperson John Hurt told KUT News. "They actually saw the sections of the bridge off. It's attached to a crane, they will lift the sawed off section from the bridge, put it on the back of a truck and drive it off," Hurt said.

Here's how it looked in Texarkana, TX when they did blow up a bridge the exciting way earlier this year.