Partial demolition of Bell St. bridge to begin Monday, June 10th

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TxDOT contractor Reece Albert, Inc. will begin the demolition of two sections of the Bell Street Bridge that were damaged when an oversized load hit the structure on Sunday, May 12. This work will begin on Monday, June 10.

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“Following that, we had our bridge inspectors from Austin come out and take a look at the bridge. They determined that a beam on each side had to be removed from the bridge,” said Karen Threlkeld, Public Information Officer for TxDOT, “They’re gonna be demo-ing this 11ft. section of the bridge. It leaves the center lanes, one lane in each direction, available for traffic. Once the demolition is complete, traffic will be able to cross Bell St. again over US-67,”

As the demolition begins, there will be some significant traffic changes happening.
The Bell St. bridge, and the US-67 lanes underneath where the bridge crosses will be closed off.

“People will have to use the Bell St. exit both northbound and southbound. On the southbound side, in front of Stripes, we will have our traffic signal green most of the time to allow traffic to continually flow,” added Threlkeld.

Demolition is expected to take about two weeks.
It is important that motorists respect all barricades while they are up.

“We’re gonna ask the public to kind of bear with us. Obviously we don’t want you in the demolition zone and we want you to be safe,” Threlkeld continued.

Once the demolition process is finished, both main lanes on US-67 and one lane in each direction on the bridge will be open again to traffic. However, the bridge will eventually need more repairs.

“It’ll probably be up to a year before we complete Bell St. Bridge repairs. During that time, there’s will be intermittent closures, intermittent lane changes, and we’ll update the public as that goes on,” explained Threlkeld.
 

ORIGINAL:     

TxDOT contractor Reece Albert, Inc. will begin the demolition of two sections of the Bell Street Bridge that were damaged when an oversized load hit the structure on Sunday, May 12. This work will begin on Monday, June 10.                

US 67 southbound will be closed in this area and motorists will take the Bell Street exit to go around the closure. The signal on the frontage road by Stripes will be constant green to keep traffic flowing.

For drivers on the northbound side of US 67, they will exit at Bell Street and come to a stop sign at the corner of the frontage road and Bell Street. Due to the demolition work, the traffic signal will be inoperative.

Bell Street over US 67, and its sidewalks in this area, will be closed during the demolition work.  Two

26,000 pound bridge beams will be removed as a part of the effort. The bridge overhang, which is the sidewalk area, will also be removed. This accounts for roughly 11 feet on each side of the bridge that will be removed. Demolition will be contained to only the southbound side of the bridge. Reece Albert will be working continuously during daylight hours to complete the task. They estimate demolition will take 14 days.

Once the demolition is complete, both lanes of US 67 under the bridge will be reopened to traffic.  Bell Street over US 67 will also be reopened to one lane traffic in each direction. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be allowed.

Following the completion of this work, TxDOT will seek a contractor to rebuild the bridge, replacing the sections that were removed. This work will require additional closures.

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