By Larry Briscoe
Latest word from Texas Department of Transportation on the Two-Mile Bridge across Lake Tawakoni construction indicated a completion date of April 12, 2016.
Tim McAlavy, TxDOT public information office for the Paris district, quoted Greenville Area Engineer Tammy Sims on the latest completion date by contractor Williams Brothers Construction of Houston.
“Total days in the contract to complete the project are 671 days with 398 days having been charged to the project to date,” McAlavy said.
He said 370 of 455 drilled shafts, representing 81.3 percent of the total number, had been completed as well as 33 of 85 bent caps (38.8 percent completion on this item).
When the bent caps are all complete, work will begin on the bridge beams and deck.
The $48 million project will feature a 80-foot wide bridge with four 12-foot lanes, two 10-foot shoulders on the outside lanes and four-foot shoulders on the inside lanes. A concrete barrier will separate westbound and eastbound lanes.
The present bridge is scheduled to be completely removed from the lake. Traffic is expected to be moved over to the new bridge in 2015, about a year before the project completion date.