By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — Future road projects will cause numerous detours for people living near four bridges in the county, but not until 2024.
Approved closing portions of farm-to-market roads for construction projects; Need to rebuild bridges, and Mitchell Randall of TxDOT told commissioners that closing the bridges for repair is cheaper and faster than building temporary bridges.
One project is on FM 945 just under ½ mile west of Trail Ride Road; the second, also on FM 945, is two bridges about ½ mile west of the intersection with FM 2025; and a third is on FM 3278 on the bridge crossing the Trinity River near the Polk/San Jacinto county line.
The projects will begin around May 2024, and last between 4 and 6 months. Randall said TxDOT is in the design phase for the projects.
Commissioner Mark Nettuno pointed out that one of the projects could affect school bus routes; Randall said TxDOT does notify schools and EMS systems about any closures.
In other business, the county;
•approved a contract with Calvary Construction to repair the Annex Building, which was damaged after being struck by a vehicle. The contract was discussed in executive session, and is a reimbursement contract, meaning the county will pay for repairs and then be reimbursed by the county’s insurance company;
•approved negotiation for a property purchase in connection with jail expansion, also discussed in executive session;
•approved a lot split for Randy and Terri Ellisor;
•approved submission of an application for a Community Development Block Grant;
•approved the declaration of county equipment as salvage;
•accepted a $5,750 donation from residents of Beaver Den Road for road repairs on the 2/10 of a mile of road;
•approved use of the Storm Shelter in April 2023 for Women’s League Style Show at a cost of $100;
•approved the release of a $200,000 bond for Peach Creek Farms; and
•approved the use of Eastex Title for real estate settlement services.