Pair of Georgetown bridges need repairs; funding in question

Bridge in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Two bridges in Georgetown need to be replaced, but there are questions as to how the costs will be covered.

The bridges cross the San Gabriel River, just north of the historic downtown area.

Under one of the bridges, there is rusting and areas where concrete has broken away from the structure. That, combined with the age of the bridges, has city officials concerned.

The two bridges that cross over Austin Avenue are 75 years old and are a major thoroughfare into downtown.

The project to replace the bridges is estimated to cost $6 million. State funds cannot be used because a state inspection showed rust and deterioration on the bridges was not bad enough for repair.

“We do plan to apply later in July for some funding through (the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization),” said city spokesperson Keith Hutchinson. “That’s the federal planning organization that would authorize federal dollars. It is an application, and we don’t know if that funding would be available. But we are applying for that as one option.”

While the deteriorating conditions of the bridges is not an immediate threat, the City of Georgetown has placed weight restrictions on the bridges as a precaution. The rule prohibits heavy and large vehicles, such as garbage trucks, from using the bridges until they are repaired.

Georgetown’s City Council will consider the bridge plan at their meeting on July 8.

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