TxDot: East Texas Bridges are Safe - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

08/06/07 - East Texas

TxDot: East Texas Bridges are Safe

by Ramonica R. Jones

Engineers inspect East Texas bridges every two years, but maintenance crews examine them every six months. Serious problems are taken care of immediately. Some bridges are even shut down for repairs. The aggressive upkeep is part of the Texas Department of Transportation's Bridge Inspection Program.

Kathy White, TxDot's Public Information Officer, said, "We'd just like the traveling public to know that all of the bridges in the Lufkin District are safe. They don't have to be afraid to drive across the bridge and think that it's gonad fall or shake or anything because the bridges are safe."

Reckless driving and too much weight from big rigs cause a lot of damage on bridges every year. During inspections, engineers examine the deck - roadway where traffic flows - and the railing. Divers also check underwater for erosion underneath bridges.

TxDot Bridge Engineer Nancy Smith said, "We look underneath the bridge for any type of damage, rust on any steel parts, any buckling - anything that's bent out of shape."

And there are some things drivers can do to help East Texas bridges last longer.

"Just be safe and obey all of the weight limit signs, not carrying anything heavier than they're supposed to carry," Smith said. 

TxDot maintains about 1,300 bridges in the Lufkin District's nine-county area. For the condition of a bridge near you, go to http://nationalbridges.com/.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Angelina County leaders preparing for the 'Big One'

    Angelina County leaders preparing for the 'Big One'

    Monday, March 27 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-03-27 23:33:05 GMT

    While storms popping up in the Atlantic are the last things on the minds of those that live in East Texas, it is priority number one for the Angelina County Office of Emergency Management as the calendar creeps closer to the start of hurricane season.

    More >>

    While storms popping up in the Atlantic are the last things on the minds of those that live in East Texas, it is priority number one for the Angelina County Office of Emergency Management as the calendar creeps closer to the start of hurricane season.

    More >>
  • NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    Monday, March 27 2017 9:33 PM EDT2017-03-28 01:33:54 GMT
    Source: NISDSource: NISD

    During a Monday night special meeting, Nacogdoches Independent School District named Sandra Dowdy the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Dowdy has served as interim for the last several months. Per a press release from NISD, Dowdy was selected from a field of 45 applicants. A state mandated 21-day period must pass between the board naming her as the lone finalist and formally naming her as the next superintendent of Nacogdoches schools. It also states the selection happ...

    More >>

    During a Monday night special meeting, Nacogdoches Independent School District named Sandra Dowdy the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Dowdy has served as interim for the last several months. Per a press release from NISD, Dowdy was selected from a field of 45 applicants. A state mandated 21-day period must pass between the board naming her as the lone finalist and formally naming her as the next superintendent of Nacogdoches schools. It also states the selection happ...

    More >>
  • Sabine County residents begin storm recovery efforts

    Sabine County residents begin storm recovery efforts

    Monday, March 27 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-03-27 23:11:55 GMT

    Residents near the Texas-Louisiana border are beginning their own storm recovery efforts on Monday after they fell on their property from this weekend’s storms.  

    More >>

    Residents near the Texas-Louisiana border are beginning their own storm recovery efforts on Monday after they fell on their property from this weekend’s storms.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly