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Work to repair the foot bridge spanning Tule Creek will begin soon. New composite decking and rail caps will be installed to replace the pressure treated wood used in the original construction. One of the main girders under the bridge has a small part rotted out that one can’t see, but it doesn’t present an immediate risk.

Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 25, approved authorizing County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills to sign a proposal from York Bridge Company to repair the foot bridge over Tule Creek.

This is an Aransas Pathways Project, funded with venue tax revenue. The county is paying for labor and to upgrade the composite decking and rail cap. The labor cost is $16,000. The cost to upgrade the composite decking and rail cap is $11,000.

Part of one of the main girders supporting the foot bridge has a small area internally that has rotted, according to Aransas County Project Manager John Strothman, but it does not present an immediate risk.

Commissioner Bubba Casterline asked if any additional treatment is planned to make the replacement materials last longer.

Strothman said the company is upset the treated materials that were used at the time of original construction failed as quickly as it did.

“Pressure treatment (for lumber) is not what it used to be,” said Strothman.

Composite materials, that will last longer, will be used for the upgrades.

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