CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - County Road 3615 in Houston County will soon get some much need repair work in the coming weeks with funding provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.
This bridge will soon be replaced with a bridge that is up to TxDOT standards.
County Road 3280 will be closed beginning next week for construction to begin on a bridge replacement at Big Creek Tributary. Heartbeat Construction, the contractor for the project, will replace the bridge and approaches at a cost of $451,439. Construction should take about three months to complete.
In the weeks that follow, CR 3615 (Sims Road) will be closed so construction can begin on a bridge replacement at Tantabogue Creek Tributary. Heartbeat Construction, contractor for the $297,129 project, is scheduled to complete the project in about three months.
According to spokesperson Rhonda Oaks, no detour will be available during the construction projects.
The bridges are just two of at least 11 across the county that are below standard after a recent review by TxDOT.
At Tuesday's Commissioner Court meeting, commissioners agreed to move forward with a 5 year plan that would have TxDOT replace the aging bridges.
Bridges on 10 county roads were approved. The roads include county roads 1545, 4180, 1765, 2245, 1515, 2235, 1680, 1750, 3365 and 4025.
Because of damage the roads have taken during 2015, which ended up being one of the wettest on record, county commissioners were able to meet their in-kind quota meaning TxDOT would cover additional repairs to the bridges.
"The bridges have not been deemed unsafe for travel," Oaks said. "If a bridge is unsafe, it is closed to traffic immediately. Bridges are rated in order to qualify for funding, and if they qualify, the county commissioners in the counties where they are located can sign a resolution and request that we replace them with Federal funds."
"We've got more rain than we ever had in the last six months," Commissioner Pat Perry said.
One of Perry's roads is on the list. County Road 3365 is scheduled to have one bridge replaced but Perry said the road is currently closed and is worried the equipment would not even be able to make it to the bridge that needs replacing.
"The road is just mush," Perry said. "It's still full of water and mud."
Perry said without the federal funding it would be hard to repair the bridges.
"I've got about $12,000 to spend on repairs over the next six months," Perry said.
For the commissioners, the funding is coming at the perfect time.
"This is a little daylight at the end of the tunnel, and it helps us mitigate future problems," Commissioner Roger Dickey said.
For a list of district wide projects over the next year, click here.