Bridge Linking Two Small Communities Closed, No Repair Date Set 9/5/13
CBS 7 News
September 5, 2013
GRANDFALLS-Two small communities are looking for answers after a hole in the road closes a bridge. With no set date to start repairs, some residents who use the bridge every day are upset.
It used to take just 5-10 minutes to get to Imperial from Grandfalls, but without this bridge it takes nearly half an hour and an additional 20-25 miles each way--placing a strain on communities and businesses.
"It makes it a lot harder on people because they have to go out of their way to get where they are going,” said Michael Vaca, operator at Wallach Sand and Gravel.
Michael Vaca works at a gravel business. Like many drivers, he uses the Pecos river bridge on FMR 11 everyday to go to and from imperial.
"It takes about 30 minutes when it used to take 5," Vaca said.
One rut was so deep that neighbors tell us when one car hit it, it pushed the car into the other lane and into harms way.
"I hope they fix it soon, one of our workers has to commute everyday from Imperial,” said Leticia Hernandez, who works in Grandfalls.
TXDOT says they are analyzing damage and assessing need at the bridge, but there is no timeline for when repairs will begin.