Collected soil sample results delay reopening of SH 550 in Olmito
A week after a fiery crash, a portion of State Highway 550 remains closed, and it may not reopen until next month.
County officials are waiting for results of soil samples taken from the crash site. They are waiting to find out if the soil can be reused.
The portion of State Highway 550 between Baker Lane and I-69E has been closed since last Monday.
A fuel tanker crashed along that portion of the road.
Investigators with the Department of Public Safety say the driver of the fuel tanker was speeding and lost control before hitting a concrete barrier, causing the fuel to ignite. A Matamoros man died in the crash.
The soil sample results are expected back in a few days.
"To make sure that the soil is structurally sound as a base," Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Pete Sepulveda, Jr. said. "We believe that by May, third week in May, the repairs should be completed [and the highway] should be able to open up again."
For now, regular commuters that would use SH 550 are expected to find an alternate route.
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