County roads getting much needed attention

There has been a flurry of activities on the roadways in McCulloch County for the last several months. Contractors for the Texas Department of Transportation have been working not only in the City of Brady but all around the county. Dayco Construction of Austin will complete a project in July to replace the 66-ft. pony truss bridge across Deep Creek on CR 434. Barricades are up and Dayco employees are preparing to replace the box culvert bridges that cross Ruebes Creek and South Brady Creek on FM 2028. Work will begin around May 21, to replace the structures that were built in the 1940s and have deteriorated to point where they need to be replaced. During the first phase of the project, the contractor will build a detour road to accommodate traffic during the construction of both bridges. The detour road will run along side the existing bridge structures and will be removed after the bridges are re-opened. The new structures will be considerably safer. Both the bridges and the roadway will be widened and a guardrail will be installed. The construction area around the bridges will be well marked with signs, barricades, barrels and cones to direct traffic. All motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in the area. The project is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete. On other roads throughout the county, Joe Richards Construction Co., of Belton is currently working on the summer seal-coat project. Sections of roadway on U.S. 190, FM 3022, FM 714 and U.S. 377 are slated for the process. Seal-coat is a preventive maintenance process that enhances the safety of the road by improving the skid resistance of the surface as well as the ride quality of the road.

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