A decades-old problem being addressed, Atascosa River bridge project south of Poteet progressing



Northbound traffic bridge being built just south of Poteet on SH 16. Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley is with Marco Cantu, construction superintendent with Harper Construction. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Northbound traffic bridge being built just south of Poteet on SH 16. Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley is with Marco Cantu, construction superintendent with Harper Construction. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Simply put…“It’s been a long time coming,” said Judge Bob Hurley. The good news is that it is happening. Texas Department of Transportation’s new Atascosa river bridge project just south of Poteet on SH 16 is nearing completion. The design divides oncoming traffic onto two separate bridges. According to Hurley, this is much safer for traffic flow in that area.

Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley began petitioning to have this project become a reality in 2015. Every two years the county judge receives a report on the conditions of county bridges and infrastructure. In the report, there were three bridges in Atascosa County that received failing reports and Judge Hurley immediately set into motion to have these bridges closed and fixed. But nothing was being done fast enough.

Judge Hurley drove to Austin to meet at the office of Representative Ryan Guillen. “I had asked TxDOT to close and fix these bridges and did not hear back from them. Then after visiting with Representative Guillen, things started to happen,”said Judge Hurley.

The narrow two-way bridge that is being replaced on SH 16 was built in 1957, according to Marco Cantu, Harper Brothers Construction superintendent the northbound lane is nearing completion and should be finished in November and the southbound lane is due to be completed a month later in December.

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