• Photos by Groesbeck Journal Staff
    The historic truss style bridge over the Navasota river (north of Highway 14 near Groesbeck) is getting a serious facelift and safety update! Ellis-McGinnis Construction Co., of Eddy, TX began work on the off-system bridge rehab project for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) at the end of July. By September, the company hopes to move the bridge structure, make improvements, and have the historic bridge up to safety standards and driver-ready by spring 2019.

Navasota River Bridge getting a makeover

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer

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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