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TxDOT to clear memorials from Trinity River bridge

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From Enterprise Staff

Crews from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will clear the right-of-way near and beneath the Trinity River Bridge on Monday. There was an outpouring of condolences and sympathy from friends and family of Audrii Cuningham, the 11-year-old Livingston student who was abducted and murdered in February.

A TxDOT representative said the agency understands the need and desire of the public to express sympathy after a large array of memorials were left at the scene where Audrii’s body was found. However, for the safety of all motorists and pedestrians, TxDOT is required to keep the rights of way near US 59 and beneath the bridge clear. Bridge pilings will also require maintenance after memorials were painted onto the pilings.

“We want to make the public aware so those who left memorials at the site can retrieve them if they would like to,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Rhonda Oaks said. “The bridge, both on the roadway and beneath it, must be maintained for the safety of the public and the integrity of the bridge.”

Those who want to keep their memorials are urged not to park on the shoulder of US 59 when retrieving them. Stay alert for moving traffic near the bridge when exiting the roadway.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 936-404-7485.

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