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2009-11-05 / Front Page

TxDOT to Replace Lee County Road Bridge

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will replace the 57-year-old Lee County Road Bridge with an expanded two-lane bridge. The bridge, which is on County Road 168 near the Bastrop/Lee County Line, is located approximately 5 miles north of Paige.

Engineers from TxDOT's Bastrop Area Office say the existing Lee County Bridge is a 14- foot wide steel I-beam wooden deck structure that is 29 feet in length and built in 1952. The aging bridge was built with one lane to serve two-way traffic.

The new bridge will be a twolane structure that will be 28 feet wide and 50 feet in length. The bridge will also be built and reinforced with prestressed concrete slab beams.

During the project, the bridge and the road approaching it will be closed during construction. Traffic will be detoured around the Lee County Bridge project site by utilizing other county roads. TxDOT engineers plan to close Lee County Road on or around November 9th and reopen the road in mid-January.

The project went out for bid in September 2009 and was awarded to the Greater Austin Development Company, LTD. The low bid cost of construction is $182,622.50.

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