Friday, October 28, 2011
Neches River Bridge to go to contract
In late November, the Texas Transportation Commission is scheduled to "let" the big contract to build a new structure crossing the Neches River. Once the contract is selected and awarded, whomever is chosen will get to work on perhaps one of the most visible...and talked about...projects in our part of Texas.
The project is pretty straight-forward: rebuild the Neches River bridge. The execution of the job is what will be a challenge.
Built in the 1960's, and added to in the 70's, the bridge will be replaced with a segmental bridge. Somewhat similar to the two bridges recently completed at the Trinity River. But don't expect to see any dirt turning anytime soon.
The first six months of the project involved installing new high-mast lighting at the interchange. However, in the spring or early summer, the contractor will get to work on moving traffic and begin the process of building a new structure.
The good news: There will always be two lanes of traffic westbound and two lanes of traffic eastbound.
The bad news: There will still be some slowdowns, especially during the phases where the downtown exits are closed and traffic is re-routed.
The good news: There are incentives for the contractor to get those phases of the project open much quicker so those delays will be minimal.
In the meantime, we will keep you posted as to the progress and what is taking place during construction. Shoot us an email or leave a post if you have a question.