Navasota River Bridge getting a makeover
If you frequently cross the Navasota River between Mexia and Groesbeck, chances are good you’ve seen serious equipment and structural changes to the historic pony truss style bridge to the northwest of Highway 14. As previously reported, The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun a project to rehabilitate the Limestone County Road 311 Bridge at the Navasota River.
The bridge was built in 1934 and later bypassed by a new bridge in 1952. The bridge is a popular spot for local family and senior photo shoots and provides a bit of holiday cheer every Christmas season through a festive light display. Some local residents were angry or sad to learn that the bridge would lose some of its’ rustic charm, but TxDOT representative Ken Roberts explained safety was a priority, and the bridge approaches needed to be replaced for continued use.
“The bridge itself is historic, so we’re not going to impact the historic nature of the structure. We’re going to sand it, paint it, add a new deck and set it in place,” Roberts said.
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