Updated Aug. 30 at 11:03 a.m.
The Champion Forest Drive bridge at Cypress Creek reopened to the traveling public on Aug. 28, according to an Aug. 27 post on the Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Office Facebook page.
Posted Aug. 25 at 2:36 p.m.
The Champion Forest Drive bridge at Cypress Creek is closed indefinitely for an emergency repair, according to a notice posted on the Harris County Precinct 4 website on Aug. 20.
"An emergency closure is in immediate effect for Champion Forest Drive at the Cypress Creek bridge," the notice reads. "Crews are working to reopen the road as soon as possible, but the length of the closure is indefinite."
According to Joe Stinebaker, director of communications for Harris County Precinct 4, precinct officials ordered an emergency four-lane road closure of the Champion Forest Drive bridge at Cypress Creek on the afternoon of Aug. 20 through at least this week.
"Apparently, a contractor had installed a water line under the bridge awhile back and struck another water line, which resulted in a leak that slowly eroded the soil around and beneath both bridge pilings," Stinebaker said in an email Aug. 25. "This was causing some instability on both sides of the bridge, and—although the bridge did not fail—the concrete approach to the bridge did. Out of an abundance of caution, we closed the road and began immediate repairs."
In the meantime, Precinct 4 officials said Strack Road should be used as a detour for northbound traffic, while Cypresswood Drive should be used as a detour for southbound traffic. As of press time Aug. 25, the roadway was still closed.