TxDOT begins work on FM 1915 log jam
Work has begun to clear up the log jam under the FM 1915 Little River bridge with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimating a Nov. 3 finish.
Bob Colwell, TxDOT spokesman, said the an emergency contract of $61,500 with Klepzig Material & Trucking of Hutto for the removal has been signed.
Colwell said logs will be ground up to use for mulch.
The log jam formed last month af ter heav y rains upstream including in the Salado Creek watershed. That normally placid stream went on a rampage through the town of Salado.
Salado Creek drains into the Little River.
Logs became jammed under the FM 1915 bridge, just south of Buckholts, leading to more bank erosion.
Two weeks ago the logjam was set on fire in what investigators for the Milam County sheriff's department are terming an act of criminal mischief.
That act slowed dow n the recovery. "Without the fire we could have already been in there getting things done," Colwell said.
TxDOT is concerned the mass of logs and brush pushing against bridge supports could weaken the structure.
An inspection immediately after the logjam fire indicated the bridge was safe and it reopened. The FM 1915 Little River bridge is 37 years old.