TxDOT accepts LC’s request extension for building bridge

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
TxDOT Public Information Officer Ken Roberts has confirmed that the extension request Limestone County filed for building a bridge that was supposed to have been done around 2013 has been approved. He also confirmed that there is no kind of penalty for the lag in doing the work.
When the Texas Department of Public Transportation informed Limestone County last month that TxDOT would no longer replace county bridges for at least seven years, no one was sure how the problem could be worked out.
The first notice that there was a problem was at the court’s Sept. 26 meeting, when Limestone County Road Administrator Jerry Herin, who heads the Road and Bridge Department, told commissioners about the problem.
“I got an email from TxDOT about a bridge that was supposed to have been replaced back in 2013 that did not get replaced,” Herin said. “They said they would not honor any more contracts with Limestone County to rebuild bridges until 2024. I asked them why it took them five years to come up with this and why they haven’t notified us; and that we’ve had a change in head office management. He couldn’t answer the question.”

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