ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After two years of being closed, the Marshall Ivy Bridge outside of Huntington is finally open to the public.
In March 2016, heavy rain caused the bridge to cave in, and for the next two years, a series of hiccups delayed construction.
Residents in the area said this is good news to see the bridge construction complete.
"We're so glad it opened back up," said Donna Wilson, a neighbor.
She said it makes it more convenient for residents to travel.
"It makes it a lot easier to go that way, and it's not as congested as trying to go up (FM) 844 cause you meet a lot of traffic going up (FM 844 to get to (U.S.) 69," Wilson said.
During one of the heavy floods in March 2016, the bridge collapsed due to erosion around the embankment.
Angelina County Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Pitts has been working close to help finish the bridge construction.
"You know, it's been a burden lifted off of me because it's been something I had to face as first year as commissioner," Pitts said.
One of the primary reasons for the delays, Pitts said, had to do with the paperwork through FEMA.
"And the paperwork is very, very slow. Any one time you have to do an environmental study, you would start getting somewhere, and then your FEMA representative would change hands, and it's like we have to start over and do this," Pitts said.
Pitts said in total the bridge will come close to costing $480,000 through various grants and funds from FEMA to help foot the bill.
"I know some of the residents here are going to be excited. And I would also like to thank them for their patience because it's been a long drawn-out deal, and they've been very patient," Pitts said.
Residents said their commute became a little easier.
"They have done a really good job on building the bridge," Pitts said.
A date has not been set for when Angelina County will be reimbursed through FEMA for the expenses to repair the bridge.