The westbound bridge over Hillebrandt Bayou on Phelan Boulevard between Belvedere and Kennedy drives appears to be in pretty bad shape and unstable due to cracks in the concrete and exposed reinforcements in the main structural components.

There are cracks in two caps on the abutments supporting the I-beams and a third cap appears to be completely broken off, fully exposing the steel reinforcements.

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UPDATE: The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River in Beaumont was open as of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, according to a Beaumont Emergency Management Department press release. The city hopes the bridge will stay passable; however, highways in Beaumont are becoming heavily iced.

As of 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 24, Neches River bridge traffic was at a standstill.

UPDATE (7:31 p.m. Jan. 24, 2014): The Beaumont Police Department issued the following update on Beaumont Traffic operations. All highways in Beaumont had reopened, including Interstate 10, the Eastex Freeway, Cardinal Drive, and MLK Parkway. The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River was open, as well.