A green steel truss bridge over the Brazos River on the westbound side of U.S. Highway 67 five miles east of Glen Rose has been a bridge to nowhere the past four months.
Several cross beams on the top side of the bridge sustained heavy damage when a rock transport truck — inexplicably traveling with its trailer in the upright position — smashed into it on May 10.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and the driver of the truck was uninjured.
TxDOT indicated at that time that the bridge might be closed for six to eight months while repairs were being made.
In the meantime, the two lanes on that side have had to be reduced to one lane and diverted to the eastbound side. That means drivers on either side have only one lane while in that short segment of the highway.
The good news is that TxDOT spokesperson Natalie Galindo recently told the Glen Rose Reporter that repair work may begin as soon as early October — weather permitting.
“The contractor, Gibson & Associates, Inc., (is) planning to start with construction in October and weather permitting will be finished in December,” Galindo stated in an email. “Because it was an emergency contract it had to go through some steps for approval.”
Gibson & Associates is a general contractor based in Balch Springs that specializes in paving and bridge rehabilitation projects.
The highway, which connects Glen Rose and Somervell County with Cleburne, Johnson County and beyond, is busy and has its share of serious vehicle accidents.
Somervell County Judge Danny Chambers said that some of the resources needed to do the job were likely in South Texas assisting in the disaster relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
“Everybody had a lot of resources in South Texas,” Chambers said. “They (TxDOT) told me they planned on being finished by the end of October. I’ll be very glad when they put it back to the original condition. It’s just a heavily traveled area.”
Drivers are advised to use caution and be ready to reduce their vehicle speed when approaching the area.