October start for bridge project
Whatever term you prefer, beginning next month, restoration on the 101-year-old landmark should begin with the goal to have the remarkable old iron structure looking the way it did just prior to World War I.
A pre- construction meeting on the long-awaited restoration project was held Thursday in the Texas Department of Transportation
(TxDOT) office in Cameron and Ellis-McGinnis Co. of Eddy was awarded the contract.
The renovation project is set to begin on Monday, Oct. 7. During the project the contractor will lift the bridge off its supports with a crane and set it in a pasture.
While in “drydock,” the historic bridge will be restored to as near its original look as possible.
The restored bridge will then be replaced on its supports and reopened to traffic.
In May, 2011, the bridge, which links FM 908 to FM 486 through County Road 428, was closed to vehicular traffic.
Under the terms of the contract awarded on Thursday, the company has eight months to complete the project, although completion could be substantially earlier.
Some sub- contractors have already moved to the bridge site.
It’s estimated the bridge “pick” ( lifting off supports) will take place in late October.