A $2.9 million-dollar project to remove the existing US 190 bridge over the Pecos River, just east of Iraan, and replace it with a new bridge, will begin in the coming weeks.
Stateline Construction, LLC from Quitman, TX, will begin mobilizing equipment and setting construction barricades in mid-October, with initial demolition of one side of the bridge beginning shortly thereafter.
During the construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane across the bridge. A portable traffic signal will guide motorists across the bridge safely. A 12-foot width restriction will be in also be in place.
Once the new lane is completed, traffic will be moved to the new bridge deck and the original side will be demolished and rebuilt. This process is expected to take one year.
Because of its remote location, many of the bridge panels will be precast and brought to the site.
The Pecos River Bridge was built in 1961 and is a concrete pan-girder type structure. The current span is 280 feet long with a roadway width of 28 feet. When completed, the new bridge will span 320 feet long and 45 feet wide over the Pecos River and will better accommodate the commercial and personal traffic that is occurring today. Guardrails on the bridge approaches will also be upgraded to today’s safety standards.
In recent years, the bridge has suffered from the increased heavy loads crossing it and has been patched with metal plates on its deck.