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A sign indicating the road is closed is placed in front of the bridge along County Road 2117 off FM 902 Monday afternoon. It is one of several bridges currently under construction across Cooke County.

Lanny Kelly, foreman of Precinct 2, said barricades have been placed on both ends of the road, located a mile off FM 902 near Lake Kiowa in southeast Cooke County, and the road will be blocked for about three months.

“Everyone will have to go out the south end,” Kelly said.

There is one house between the bridge and FM 902, he added.

In other Precinct 2 news, the crew is making repairs to Blackjack Road and has plans to “chip and seal” Bloomfield Road in the summer.

Work is continuing on county roads 203, 215 and 248. CR 248 leads to the site of a saltwater waste injection well, which attracts a lot of truck traffic. Kelly said the increase in heavy freight traffic causes “big problems, because we’re always having to put rock on them.”

He said the precinct has to repair rough spots on the road on about a monthly basis.

In Precinct 4, Commissioner Virgil Hess reported a bridge is being built on County Road 406.

He said the bridge, located near Sivells Bend, is built and only has to be put in place. A temporary bridge is in place currently.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Steve Key commended his road crew and noted their enthusiasm for various projects.

In Precinct 1, Commissioner Gary Hollowell said TxDOT is in the process of finishing three bridges on county roads 140, 138 and 104. Two other bridges, one on County Road 144 and another on CR 140, are scheduled for replacement.

Hollowell said the bridges cost about $250,000 each.

He said road maintenance is limited due to the wet and freezing weather, lately.

“Everything’s pretty well limited because of the moisture, but we are now waiting on dry weather to do some our maintenance and our improvements,” he said. “... You can’t patch potholes with temperatures in the 20s and 30s.”

He noted the white rock on many gravel roads has “practically disintegrated” due to a prolonged drought period, and his crew are working on replacing rock at this time.

Hollowell said in the last year his crew surfaced and resurfaced about 10 miles of road.

In Precinct 3, Commissioner Al Smith said a bridge near Lois is being replaced on County Road 332.

Smith said three have been built since he took office in 2004 with matching funds.

He said the biggest transportation news in Precinct 3 is the addition of shoulders on seven miles of FM 922 between Valley View and Era. Smith said he is waiting for the contract to be let out for the shoulders, which would take about a year to complete at a cost of $5,284,372 from TxDOT funds.

Reporter Andy Hogue may be contacted at andyhoguegdr@ntin.net

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