12th Street Bridge Update

12th Street Bridge is not an area maintained by the City of Robinson however, we wanted to share the most recent update we have received from Commissioner Kelly Snell’s office since we do receive a lot of inquiries about it. 

Click here for the full 12th Street Bridge Document Update

If you have any further questions please contact Commissioner Kelly Snell at 254.662.6208.
Cottonwood Creek Bridge @ 12th Street

Date Bridge Washed Out: May 2015

Cost of New Bridge: $514,909

The 12th Street Bridge @ Cottonwood Creek is partially McLennan County and partially a City of Waco bridge.

This bridge was washed out in May 2015 during heavy rain fall, and after a few studies it was determined that the 30 foot bridge needed to be expanded to 90 feet in order to prevent another wash out. Since the bridge does have to be expanded there is more surveying, acquiring right-of-way and moving of utilities that does take effect and extends the timeline of the project.

The County reached out to FEMA since at that time the bridge was not part of the Tx DOT Bridge Replacement Program because it had passed inspection. FEMA agreed to pay for 75% of the bridge and the County would pay for the 25% ($128,727).

The County also approached TxDOT Bridge Replacement division to see what kind of help they could offer. TxDOT came back to the County stating they would take the bridge into the program and cover the bridge with TxDOT paying for 96.5% of the bridge and the county paying for 3.5% or $18,022 of the bridge.

When the County has a bridge collapse, the County looks for grants or federal/state assistance programs to help. It does usually take a little longer but it saves the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. 

Timeline
UPDATE 12/6/2016: The County is currently waiting on the TXDOT project footprint and anticipate it to be delivered in February. Once this has been delivered, the County will hire a surveyor to define the new right of way. We anticipate the completed survey to be finished and for the County to contact the property owners within a few months. At that time the County will start the process of acquiring the right-of-way and getting the utilities relocated to the edge of the right-of-way. Estimated earliest start date would be late 2017 or early 2018. More likely mid-2018 

UPDATE: 7/20/2016: At this time TxDOT has hired a design team to work on the design and specifications of the new bridge. Once project limits have been defined by TXDOT, the County will begin the process of surveying and acquiring additional right-of-way, and locating utilities within this new right-of-way. Utilities affected by the bridge structure will be relocated to the limits of the new right-of-way prior to building the bridge.

UPDATE 2/15/2016: The County and the City of Waco have decided to go through the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program, which was approved by TxDOT at the end of January. The Commissioners Court approved to be put on the TxDOT list February 1, 2016. According to FEMA the bridge will need to be expanded to a 90ft foot bridge. With the expansion of this bridge and the specifications to build the bridge it will cost approximately $514,909. By going through the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program the County/City will have to allocate $18,022 for the repair of the bridge. Now that the Bridge has been approved to go on the list, TxDOT will be starting on the tedious process of the design, set-up and exact specification to which the bridge will need to be built. In the meantime, the County will be doing some surveying of the area. Once all the leg work is complete the State will hire a third party to build the bridge according to FEMA regulations

UPDATE 10/15/2015: Currently the County has had sit down meetings and submitted documentation to FEMA. FEMA has stated that they will help fund the bridge. The County is currently waiting to see how much FEMA will contribute to the 12th Street Bridge and what additional documentation and steps will be required to construct the bridge.