Reconstruction of a portion of State Highway 105 west of Navasota to Washington-on-the-Brazos that began about two years ago and was supposed to have been completed this year, has run into some unforseen problems over the Brazos River that look like they’ll delay completion for at least another year . . . if they’re lucky.
TxDOT’s Bobby Colwell says the storms we had in 2016 affected the site such that the contractor could no longer access the bend that is to be constructed in the river. Those erosion issues caused by last year’s flooding have put a halt on the construction of a new bridge there, while TxDOT’s engineers have gone back to the drawing board to work on a new design.
And prior to the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, Colwell was rather philosophical about the delay, saying they had hoped to be able to get everything ready for opening within another year, but we have to take what Mother Nature gives us, and apparently she didn’t want us to finish it then, so we’ll have to start back over.
And now that Mother Nature has given us what the National Weather Service describes as an “Epic Weather Event,” Colwell admits they may be facing the prospect of starting back over, yet again.
Keep it on Navasota News and we’ll let you know what they find out just as soon as they are able to take a good look, and that those discoveries will mean for the project’s completion.