TxDOT Makes Plans to Replace Two Bridges on U.S. 271

Tue July 18, 2017 - West Edition #15

Two bridges are set for replacement on U.S. 271.
Two bridges are set for replacement on U.S. 271.

Two narrow bridges on U.S. 271 in northwest Titus County will be replaced over the next couple of years, according to plans approved in June by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“We will be replacing the bridges crossing Ripley Creek and Ripley Creek Relief,” said Bill Compton, area engineer of TxDOT in Mount Pleasant. “The current structures are 26 feet wide, and the new ones will be 44 feet wide with two 12-foot traffic lanes and 10-foot shoulders on each side. We also will be raising the elevation of the bridges about nine feet to improve drainage under the bridges.”

The new bridges will be constructed to the northeast of the current highway, so traffic will continue to use the current facilities while the work is being conducted.

Longview Bridge and Road of Longview was awarded the contract for the project with a bid of $9.0 million.

Work on the project should begin in September and take about 26 months to complete, Compton said.