Late Trooper’s daughter switches on bridge lights
Leaders of Limestone County and its two largest cities, Groesbeck and Mexia, met at the Old Navasota River Bridge Tuesday, Dec. 5, for the annual Bridge-Lighting Ceremony, and the special guest to turn on the lights was Madison Allen, 8, who was there with her mother, Kasey Allen, and other family members of the late DPS Trooper Damon Allen.
There may not be a Bridge-Lighting Ceremony in 2018 since the historic bridge on Hwy. 14, near LCR 402, is scheduled to be rehabilitated by the state in the fall of 2018.
The bridge is covered with rust, and the concrete portions have many large chunks missing and exposed rebar.
The three entities that care for the bridge – Limestone County, Groesbeck and Mexia – take turns hosting the event. The Bridge-Lighting Ceremony is one of the times the three entities come together in a joint effort, and it is considered a time of rapport and cooperation.
The hosting entity conducts a short ceremony by saying a few words of blessing on the county and its cities, then having someone turn on the Christmas lights on the bridge.
This year, County Sheriff Dennis Wilson accompanied Madison to the switch on the south side of the structure, while County Judge Daniel Burkeen gave an opening prayer and a few words of welcome.
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