Road closed for bridge repair

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Construction crews began work on a bridge on County Road 961 near Teague last week. Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge is a member of the Highway Bridge Program, sponsored through TxDOT, which helps counties rehabilitate older bridges.
Photo by April Walker

*UPDATE* Commissioner Ridge reported this morning that the road will be reopened either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. "They've poured the concrete and now we're just waiting for it to dry," said Ridge. 


A bridge deemed unsafe by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) engineers is currently being renovated on the southern end of County Road 961 in Precinct 4. Commissioner Clyde Ridge, who is a member of the state’s Highway Bridge Program, is using his road and bridge budget wisely by fixing the older bridges in his area.

“I just feel like if I don’t do it – get the federal money – then someone else will,” said Ridge.

The bridge timbers on County Road 961 were rotten, said Ridge. Officials closed a portion of the road in that area Tuesday, Aug. 21, and it will be closed for two to three weeks.

“Workers were installing pilings Wednesday,” said Ridge in a phone interview Friday, Aug. 24.

Commissioners approved a bid earlier this year through Neyland Bridge Construction of Marquez for the County Road 961 rehabilitation work. Neyland has built many bridges in this county and the state, said Ridge.

In the last few years, Ridge has had several bridges rebuilt in his precinct, including the Caney Creek Bridge which came at no cost to the county.

Other bridge projects include a bridge in Wortham, one bridge in Mackey Bottom, and in 2019 he is planning to replace an old wooden bridge with a concrete bridge. In return for that project, Ridge is obligated to rebuild a bridge on County Road 1070.

According to the TxDOT website, the


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