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Texas Department of Transportation

125 East 11th Street

Austin, Texas 78701

United States

Company Description

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe a ... more

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Employment History

Engineer

TxDOT

TxDOT Area Engineer

Matagorda

Affiliations

County Area Engineer
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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Mark Woolridge, Texas ...

baycitytribune.com [cached]

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.
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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 explained.
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 said.
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"We'll be reconstructing the face on the roadway and widening it," Woolridge said.
"It will provide an 8-foot shoulder on either side of the road."
Woolridge 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 said.
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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.


Bay City Tribune

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The $4.147 million project to widen and to resurface that section was originally expected to take 13 months, said Mark Wooldridge, the resident engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) office in Wharton.


The Facts

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In July, the Texas Department of Transportation will issue bids for the construction of a permanent bridge to be built next to the swing bridge, said Mark Wooldridge, an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation in Bay City.

In two years, when the new bridge is complete, the Texas Department of Transportation will retire the more than 50-year-old swing bridge, Wooldridge said.The five operators who man the bridge 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will transfer to the department's Bay City office.
A permanent bridge will save the state money because swing bridges have maintenance issues and the department has to pay for materials, equipment and labor, Wooldridge said.
"It's very expensive to operate," Wooldridge said."It can cost $400,00 to $500,000 a year to run a swing bridge."
The $14.5 million project that is expected to begin by the end of summer will start saving the department money in about 10 years, Wooldridge said.
"It's a pretty direct payback," Wooldridge said.
The Matagorda bridge is one of two swing bridges along the Texas coast.The bridge in Sargent will remain because the beach on the east side of the bridge does not give engineers enough space for a conventional span, Wooldridge said.
Building a permanent bridge requires cars to drive 73 feet above ground, and to avoid an unsafe slope on the bridge, the bridge is extended about 30 feet past the waterway, Wooldridge said.In Sargent, extending the bridge 30 feet would have cars driving into the Gulf of Mexico, he said.
Wooldridge admits some Matagorda residents will miss the swing bridge, but he doesn't think the residents will reminisce about stopping at the bridge to wait for a barge or tugboat to pass, he said.


The Bay City Tribune

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The $4.147 million project to widen and to resurface that section was originally expected to take 13 months, said Mark Wooldridge, the resident engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) office in Wharton.

Disputes between TxDOT and the contractor, Bean Construction L.P. and Bean's subcontractor over the final 10 percent of work - the overlay - plus TXDOT's unsatisfactory assessment of the road surface ended with the state terminating the contract, Wooldridge said.
The remaining overlay, estimated at $700,000, will be handled through the contractor's bonding company, which will take bids for that work through the end of December, he said.
Once the overlay is done, the remainder of the work will include putting up signs and mailboxes, Wooldridge added.


The Bay City Tribune

baycitytribune.com [cached]

The $4.147 million project to widen and to resurface that section was originally expected to take 13 months, said Mark Wooldridge, the resident engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) office in Wharton.

Disputes between TxDOT and the contractor, Bean Construction L.P. and Bean's subcontractor over the final 10 percent of work - the overlay - plus TXDOT's unsatisfactory assessment of the road surface ended with the state terminating the contract, Wooldridge said.
The remaining overlay, estimated at $700,000, will be handled through the contractor's bonding company, which will take bids for that work through the end of December, he said.
Once the overlay is done, the remainder of the work will include putting up signs and mailboxes, Wooldridge added.
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