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Canoe launch under U.S. Highway 59 forced to close

January 17, 2019 GMT

High water associated with the Brazos River is causing problems for residents seeking access to the river under U.S. Highway 59.

In a post to Facebook, the city reports that due “to road damage related to recent high water levels, the southbound Brazos River turnaround and canoe launch under U.S. Highway 59 are closed until further notice.”

While the road on the side of the bridge has collapsed, the city reassures residents there is no damage to the adjacent bridge or its supports over the Brazos.

In response to a resident’s concern, the city of Sugar Land posted on Facebook that, “There’s no bridge damage. Erosion to the sides of the banks caused the turnaround damage.”

The turnaround on Southbound U.S. 59 Frontage is closed due to high water. Drivers will have to find alternate routes until the water recedes and all repairs can be made to eroded banks.

Access to Brazos River Park has reportedly not been affected by the closure. The frontage road is still accessible.

For current road conditions throughout Sugar Land, visit the real-time traffic map at http://its.sugarlandtx.gov/traffic.