UPDATE 4/20/2017: The Old Bethany Bridge is under construction!
UPDATE 2/7/2017:According to TxDOT this project was supposed to start in January but there was a waterline in area of the bridge that TXDOT has to take in consideration. Currently TXDOT and the City of Bruceville are working together to reroute/accommodate the waterline to proceed with the project.
UPDATE 7/27/2016: This bridge is currently closed due to some structural safety concerns that were discovered by TxDOT. They have required us to close this bridge because it is not safe for travel. This bridge is currently on the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program and work should start this winter.
UPDATE 4/20/2017: TxDOT has presented the County with their suggestions for the FY 19-FY22 Highway Bridge Program for Off-System Bridge Replacement Projects and the Crunk Road Bridge made the list. The Court approved the list on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 for the Crunk Road Bridge to be placed on the system. The total cost to replace this bridge will be $559,335 with the County’s match being $21,255 (3%). The Court decided to do a cash match for the project and requested to an execute Advanced Funding Agreement with TxDOT.
UPDATE 2/7/2017: The County is currently waiting to hear back from TXDOT to see if they have placed this bridge on the TXDOT Bridge Replacement Program. We should hear something back by the end of the month.
UPDATE 7/25/2016: This bridge was washed out in May and the whole bridge will need to be replaced. We have ordered a Geotechnical Study to see what the support system would have to be on the new bridge. The next step to getting this bridge repaired will be demolition of the current bridge and to start working on design work., The County is currently also looking into Financial Assistance from other governmental entities to help off set the cost of this large project.
UPDATE 7/25/2016: At this time TxDOT has hired a design team to work on the design of the specifications of the new bridge. Once the project limits have been defined by TxDOT, the County will begin the process of surveying and acquiring additional right-of-way if necessary, and locating utilities within this new right-of-way. Utilities affected by the bridge structure will be relocated to the limits of the new right-of-way prior to building the bridge. Surveying is set to begin this fall.
UPDATE 2/15/2016: The County and the City of Waco have decided to go through the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program, which was approved by TxDOT at the end of January. The Commissioners Court approved to be put on the TxDOT list February 1, 2016. According to FEMA the bridge will need to be expanded to a 90ft foot bridge. With the expansion of this bridge and the specifications to build the bridge it will cost approximately $514,909. By going through the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program the County/City will have to allocate $18,022 for the repair of the bridge.
Now that the Bridge has been approved to go on the list, TxDOT will be starting on the tedious process of the design, set-up and exact specification to which the bridge will need to be built. In the meantime, the County will be doing some surveying of the area. Once all the leg work is complete the State will hire a third party to build the bridge according to FEMA regulations
UPDATE 10/15/2015: Currently the County has had sit down meetings and submitted documentation to FEMA. FEMA has stated that they will help fund the bridge. The County is currently waiting to see how much FEMA will contribute to the 12th Street Bridge and what additional documentation and steps will be required to construct the bridge.