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Emergency grant sought for bridge
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TRINITY – Damage to a county bridge leading into the Port Adventure subdivision near Sebastopol cut off access to the development for several hours Monday. However, thanks to the owner of property adjoining the subdivision, a temporary access road was opened Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported when a trash collection truck’s tires “punched through” the 40-year-old bridge decking at about 10:15 a,m. Monday. The truck was able to make it across the bridge but left a sizeable hole in the center of the span, which leads off FM 356 into Port Adventure. “The bridge is no longer safe to use,” Trinity County Judge Doug Page said Tuesday. “There is a large crater in the middle of the bridge and cars could easily cause more damage and even fall through.” Page said he and other county officials were scheduled to meet with representatives of the Texas Department of Emergency Management Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 2) to discuss and emergency grant application to fund repairs. The judge said he has been in contact with Pct. 1 Commissioner Grover “Tiger” Worsham and was told that the current repair plan would be to tear out the bridge structure and install two large culverts. The culverts would be covered with dirt and head walls would be erected to protect the ends. The county commissioners had accepted the bridge into its road and bridge system about three years ago in order to apply for state funds to replace the wooden structure. Under the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) off-system bridge program, the state funds the replacement of qualifying county bridges. Aging wooden bridges are replaced with modern concrete and steel spans. However, the application process to have the Port Adventure bridge replaced is still working its way through TxDOT and has not yet been approved.