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Hwy 84/183 in Brown County reopened after 2-hour delay

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BROWN COUNTY, Texas - The Texas Department of Transportation experienced a two-hour delay in reopening a portion of US Highway 84/183 that goes between Early and Zephyr.

The road was expected to close from 9 a.m. and open at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, but it didn't reopen until around 3:15 p.m.

TxDOT Spokesperson Andrew Carlson said crews took an extra hour to get the road shut down, causing part of the delay.

"It [also] took the contractor a little longer than planned to get the beams in place," Carlson said. "Five-hour closure instead of the planned four hours."

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Travelers using US Highway 84/183 on Tuesday between Early and Zephyr are in for a long commute.

The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to detour traffic for four hours -- from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- as crews close the highway to build a temporary railroad bridge, according to a press release.

"As the length of the detour is approximately 20 miles, travelers should allow substantially more time to reach their destinations," TxDOT Brownwood District Spokesman Andrew Carlson said.

This is part of a $12.4 million project to widen the highway into four lanes as vehicles pass under the railroad bridge, which is located just southeast of Early.

Currently, US 84/183 is four lanes until vehicles reach the bridge where it narrows to only two lanes in order to drive under it.

TxDOT is urging people heading out of Early towards Zephyr to travel on US 67/377 to Blanket, then drive south on FM 1467 to Zephyr.

For people driving in from Zephyr, TxDOT recommends using FM 1467 to get to Blanket , then enter Early using US 67/377.

Once the temporary bridge is constructed, demolition of the old bridge will begin sometime in May, according to Carlson.

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"There could be brief, temporary road closures of up to 15 minutes through May 5 while the temporary bridge is being completed," Carlson said. "But, nothing like tomorrow's major shutdown."

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