2010-08-26 / Front Page

FM 696 West Bridge Dedication Scheduled

Dangerous bridge rebuilt

A dedication ceremony is planned for this Saturday for a new, wider bridge on FM 696, 7.5 miles west of Lexington. The private ceremony will commemorate the reopening of that section of FM 696 after TxDOT has spent months widening the road at a place where a fatal accident in February 2008 took the lives of two women who worked for Luminant at the Three Oaks Mine, and at the place where several other accidents have occurred, causing serious injuries to other people.

FM 696 in the Blue area has a reputation for being dangerous, but never was it more obvious than on that fateful day when Darlene Sisk, 44 of Rockdale, and Sherri Kosmos, 47 of Cameron, were on their way to work at about 6:45 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2008 and were hit head-on by a 2005 Dodge pickup driven by Brian Ender of Lexington.

In August 2009, State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt announced that this bridge and another one that crosses a branch of the Yegua Creek, would be replaced, paid for by funds from the federal government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The bridge, which is still under construction, will be open for public travel on or about September 8. Texas Congressman Michael McCaul and State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt will attend the ceremony, along with Lee County Judge Paul Fischer, Sheriff Rodney Meyer, Lexington Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., J.P. Nick Hester, and several other area elected officials and representatives from all area law enforcement entities.

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