Maintenance and safety are at the top of the Texas Department of Transportation's priority list -- which is why a 25-million dollar project is coming to three counties in the Brazos Valley. The project to replace three bridges on State Highway 105 will begin in 2014.
It's a busy, well-traveled highway...
“It's a good road between Austin and College Station," explained Grimes County Commissioner Pam Finke.
And over the last five decades has connected drivers to Brazos, Washington and Grimes Counties. But in 2014, TXDOT will begin a $25 million dollar project to replace three bridges located on State Highway 105; three that TXDOT officials say have reached their life expectancy.
“No major repairs have been done on this bridge that I can remember, and with this much traffic, you never know when something might give way," said Finke.
The first bridge can be found over the Navasota River on 105 in Grimes County; the second bridge towers over Coles Creek in Washington County; and the third in Brazos County at the Brazos River Bend.
TXDOT officials say instability of the river bank is another reason that's triggered the replacement -- Not only will the bridge over the Brazos River be replaced -- TXDOT has plans to further extend it south of the river bend to avoid erosion problems.
"The banks have changed over time and the replacement project will trigger realignment of the other two new bridges," said TXDOT Public Information Officer Bob Colwell.
“Increasing the traffic on the road, I think it's going to promote a little economic development," added Finke.
It's a win/win situation that could potentially bring in more business -- but what is certain -- is a safer route for those just passing through.
TXDOT says the funding for this bridge project is taken from State and Federal Government revenue. Specifically, the money is from gasoline taxes you pay at the pump.
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