Update to the Gruene Bridge Story

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will remember back earlier this year I brought you a story about the historical bridge in Gruene, Texas that crosses the Guadalupe River. It was the cause of a death that brought about the controversy of weather to replace this historic landmark or not.

Well it will be replaced!

The Herald-Zeitung   the New Braunfels and Comal County paper published this story November 9, 2007
The Texas Department of Transportation will close Gruene Road at the Guadalupe River beginning at noon on Monday, Nov. 12.

The road will remain closed until further notice as work is set to begin on the $2.3 million project to replace the current bridge with a higher and wider structure. Austin Road and Bridge has been contracted for the project, which TxDOT Assistant Area Engineer Michelle Kopp said Thursday is an off-system bridge.

TxDOT is overseeing the project. When complete, ownership will revert to the City of New Braunfels.

On Thursday morning, representatives of the contractor, TxDOT, city, utility and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority officials met at New Braunfels Police Department for a preconstruction meeting.

GBRA officials will have to reduce the water release from Canyon Lake several times during the process to allow a temporary dam to be built on the work site. The bridge will be built in phases allowing the river to flow around the construction work.

TxDOT’s plan is to open the new bridge by Memorial Day, 2008. Detours will be signposted during the construction period.

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