$5M Project Announced to Replace Harvey-Damaged Bridge

Plans have been announced to replace a 92-year-old Southeast Texas highway bridge that was swamped last year amid downpours blamed on Hurricane Harvey.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports the $5 million project involves a two-lane bridge across Bairds Bayou near Rose City. Chunks of pavement are missing from the surface of Old U.S. 90.

The Texas Department of Transportation will accept public comment until Aug. 22 on plans to replace the 660-foot bridge with a concrete structure. The project should take nearly two years, with traffic detoured around the bayou.

TxDOT spokeswoman Sarah Dupre said bids will be sought in January. Construction should start by May.

Rose City is 80 miles (128.74 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

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