A small bridge crossing Caney Creek on Airlite Road (County Road 4311) west of Marshall will be replaced this coming year, according to plans approved in August by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
“We will be replacing an old bridge crossing Caney Creek with a concrete structure that will handle all legal loads of traffic,” said Ray Brady, area engineer for TxDOT in Marshall. “The new structure will be 24 feet wide with two lanes of traffic.”
The old bridge was narrow with a load limit of 10,000 lbs. A regular TxDOT inspection in July 2018 found problems that required the bridge to be closed to all traffic, cutting off a shortcut for motorists between State Highway 154 and Farm to Market Road 449.
Longview Bridge and Road was awarded the contract for the project with a bid of $398,057. Under a federal off-system bridge program, federal funds will pay for 80 percent of the cost with TxDOT funding the remainder. A portion, amounting to 7 percent of the cost, will be paid by Harrison County through in-kind labor on other off-system bridges.
Work on the project should begin in November and take about six months to complete, Brady said.