KYLE, Texas (KXAN) – Drivers like Marvin Manley are still trying to break the habit of driving up Burleson Street trying to connect to the southbound Interstate 35 access road.
But storm damage to a short bridge that relieves downtown traffic flow was forced to close.
"I got to go all the way into downtown. And then back this way, and leave the same way," said Manley, who travels Burleson Street daily. "It's very inconvenient."
Thebridge has been in existence for 98 years. And in that time, it's been underwater many times. But when city workers noticed water bubbling up from the surface, it was time to shut it down.
A city spokesman said the bridge over Plum Creek had survived a lot of water force before, but it caved this time.
"After the water went down and we were able to inspect the bridge," said Jerry Hendrix, with the City of Kyle. "We found where undermining had occurred around the base of it and also some damage along the top part of it."
Crews still need more time to figure out the extent of the damage. Meantime, Manley like other drivers, must try to figure out how to avoid downtown traffic.
"The traffic is horrendous in downtown Kyle," said Manely. "Make do, you got to do what you got to do."
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