Our new place

Area elected officials were on hand, along with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Bay Blazers, for the grand opening Saturday, Nov. 16 of the Aransas County Road and Bridge Department’s new office building. Hurricane Harvey destroyed the old building.

Aransas County officially opened with a ribbon cutting the new offices of the county’s Road and Bridge Department Friday, Nov. 15. It is located at 1931 FM 2165, cross from the back entrance to Rockport Country Club

It is the first public building to be reconstructed and occupied after Hurricane Harvey.

“Through chaos and crises people learn a lot about who they are,” said Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills. “Our Road and Bridge Department is normally the group that gets things done (for others). Today, they needed our help (to get this new office rebuilt).

“Congratulation David (Aransas County Road and Bridge Engineer David Reid). Here we are.”

Reid said the building that was destroyed in the storm was pieced together over time.

“It was about 1,000-square-feet larger, but this new building is much more efficient,” said Reid.

The new office is about 2,500 square feet.

“It’s certainly constructed better,” said Reid. “This building should be here after the next storm. That was my No. 1 request.”

NorthStar’s Todd White noted the old building was basically a series of portable offices connected together.

“The new building is certified to withstand 150 mph winds,” he said.

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