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Rural Frio County is losing one of its oldest structures this week for the sake of travelers’ safety.
The vintage Sadler Road bridge over San Miguel Creek is being demolished to make way for a new structure whose cost is being shared between the county and the Texas Department of Transportation.
An engineering study of the wooden bridge on County Road 2500 last year confirmed what Frio County authorities had long suspected, namely that the structure was at serious risk of collapse and could no longer safely accommodate traffic.
Frio County Engineer Roxana Garcia announced plans to replace the bridge at the end of 2021 and cautioned that traffic along Sadler Road would be diverted during the process.
This week, Garcia said Delgado’s Contractors, LLC, had scheduled Monday, June 13, for the first day of demolition.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,022,070, with over $525,000 in construction costs awarded to Delgado’s. While much of the funding is paid through a road grant, the county is putting up at least $39,000, Garcia said.
“This bridge will be a great improvement for the community and last another fifty years,” Garcia wrote this week in a prepared statement. “The county appreciates all the work TxDOT has invested in getting this project designed and constructed.”