Flooding causing erosion concern under busy bridge spanning Deep East Texas

Flooding causing erosion concern under busy bridge spanning Deep East Texas

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The aftermath of a wet month of January has caused concern about the future of a bridge that spans several Deep East Texas counties.

Crews with the Texas Department of Transporation spent part of Wednesday morning inspecting a portion of the Highway 103 bridge crossing near Etoile that was showing wear from floodwater. Rhonda Oaks, a spokesperson for TxDOT, said the river was rising and washing away soil and other material that connected the bridge with land.

Oaks said there’s little to worry about at the present; the bridge itself is structurally sound, and it’s still safe for drivers to cross. A Facebook post from a boater exposed areas of the underside of the bridge where soil has been eroded and concrete areas of the bridge were made visible.

The worry is how water may eventually impact the concrete, and possibly the stability of the bridge.

TxDOT is working with the Army Corp of Engineers to come up with a more permanent solution.

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