Structurally Deficient Bridges in Brazos County Listed

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A half dozen bridges in Brazos County are considered structurally deficient.

During Wednesday's Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, Texas Department of Transportation officials presented a breakdown of bridge classifications and their criteria.

Members were informed of the six Brazos County bridges that are structurally deficient.

Harris Lane bridge at Mathis Creek is slated for replacement by the county.

Dilly Shaw Tap Road bridge at Cedar Creek was just added to the list and will undergo more evaluation.

Crews have been working on Wilcox Lane bridge at Wickson Creek and House Cemetary Road bridge at Rocky Creek and improvements are scheduled to be completed at the end of this month.

The bridge on Old Reliance Road at Bowman Creek is expected to have crews working on it within the coming weeks.

Lastly, design work on the bridge at Leonard Road at Thompson Creek is about to begin.

TxDot officials stress that even though the bridges have been classified as structurally deficient, all six bridges are safe according to federal standards.

The classification makes the bridges eligible for state funding.

The department's overall goal is to have at least 80 percent of all state bridges in good or better condition by the year 2011.