It was only a couple of weeks ago that residents living on or near CR 256 were asking themselves if their road would ever be repaired. On Thursday, contractors were working on concrete casings for the two 40’x6’ tin horn culverts that were installed days ago by county workers. Now, the progress is visible and area residents once again have a safe passage for traveling to and from their properties.
The problem started when a bridge, which area property owners traveled daily and considered to be a safe, structurally sound passage, was removed because officials felt the bridge was too narrow. After the bridge was removed, it was replaced with one culvert packed in dirt and caliche that was washed away when the creek below the road was flooded after only a few inches of rain. Days went by and light drizzling rain made it impossible for the ground to dry enough to allow crews to begin work to repair the damage.
Jerry Martin, county commissioner precinct 1, had his crew install the two culverts side by side as soon as weather would allow. Martin said the county’s portion of the work is now done. Although CR 256 was once a county road, it is now the responsibility of the city since it was annexed in April 2007. Martin, although the repairs were no longer the responsibility of the county, offered to assist the city with the repairs to get the road open as soon as possible.
Although residents are finally able to use the road, Drew Wells, director of community services for the City of Stephenville, said the work is not yet finished. He said the concrete work on the upstream side is complete and work on the downstream side began Thursday. Once the concrete contractors have finished their job, city workers will add backfill and complete dirt work and grating on each side of the road. In addition, fill material will be added to allow for proper drainage. Finally, the city will pave the road and restore the land surrounding it to its original condition.
Wells said the road will not be closed during the paving process.
To make quick work of the repairs, city and county officials and their crews joined together to get the job done.
“The county has been extremely helpful,” Wells said. “We (the city) appreciate their cooperation and the assistance they offered including their equipment and personnel.”