DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For six hours, all lanes of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge were shut down because of falling ice. Dallas police squad cars had blocked both ends of the bridge to prevent any traffic from crossing. But just before 4 p.m., all lanes in both directions of the bridge were opened.
Concerns about falling ice danger began around 10 a.m. when a driver called Dallas police to report that falling ice had hit their car. Police immediately cleared all vehicles off the bridge and set up barricades.
Shortly before 11 a.m., Chopper 11 captured video of ice falling from the top of the structure. By 12:30 DPD reported ice was still falling from the bridge.
At one point, officers were diverting all west bound Woodall Rodgers traffic to I-35N. Since then officers have also opening I-35S and Riverfront. At midday, the traffic backups due to the bridge closure were significant.
Officers have described the falling ice as “sheets of helicopter blades” barreling towards drivers below.
While there have been no reports of injuries or damage as a result of ice falling from the Hunt Hill bridge in Dallas, flying and falling chucks of ice can cause serious damage, as shown by this tweet from Irving Police:
— Irving Police Dept. (@IrvingPD) December 11, 2013
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