IRONING IT OUT
Technically, the long-awaited restoration of the Worley Bridge over the San Gabriel River (County Road 428) is under way. Jamie Griffin, project designer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), was on the bridge Friday, taking measurements, while a TxDOT-contracted environmental impact crew worked in the river below. Griffin said engineers will determine what parts of the 101-year-old bridge can be retained and which must be replaced. Plans are to disassemble the historic structure, repair and strengthen its base supports, reassemble the restored bridge in a field, then lift it back onto the supports at the original location for continued use by light vehicular traffic. The bridge is 272 feet long, 138 feet high and has a deck width of just under 12 feet.