Mark Woolridge, Texas Department of Transportation area engineer, told commissioners that the largest current project in the county, the Matagorda bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, would be complete by June and ready for traffic sometime in May.
"Sometime within the next two-and-a-half months we will be switching traffic (from the swing bridge) onto the new bridge," said Woolridge
Following the completion of the new bridge, Woolridge
said Matagorda's old swing bridge would be refurbished to replace the bridge in Sargent.
"The swing bridge at Sargent needs some rehabilitation on the barge structure itself so, since that barge is identical to the one at Matagorda, what we're going to do is leave that one in service while we refurbish this one and then go up and replace it," he
Another project at FM 521 at the Colorado River Bridge is nearing completion also, said Woolridge
"We'll be switching traffic onto the new bridge this week, either Tuesday or Wednesday, pending good weather."
Under the new stimulus funding, two new projects are on the horizon, said Woolridge
"The pavement structure on Highway 35 in Bay City, with the exception of the area that runs right through downtown, which is where we redid the pavement just a year or so ago, will be replaced from Nancy Street up to FM 457," he
"We'll be reconstructing the face on the roadway and widening it," Woolridge
"It will provide an 8-foot shoulder on either side of the road."
also gave commissioners a complete list of safety projects that would be funded through the Texas Department of Transportation
"These are funded based on accident history and safety records on sections of roadway," he
2, said Woolridge
had been working with him on a project to transform the area under the new bridge in Matagorda into a public fishing park.