TxDOT will be replacing three aging concrete bridges built in 1930s on old US 290 [FM 3078] just west of the Balmorhea State Park in southwestern Reeves County. Cherokee Bridge & Road will be replacing the existing 24-foot-wide bridges with 34-foot-wide bridges at a cost of approximately $2.3 million. All three bridges are scheduled to be complete by April 20, 2007.
"Only local traffic will be allowed between the Toyahvale intersection with State Highway 17 and Interstate 10 during construction," said C.J. Zuniga, the assistant area engineer in the Pecos TxDOT office. "Once the Toyah Creek bridge is replaced, most of the people affected by the project will be able to use the highway to commute into Balmorhea," said Zuniga. "But eastbound Interstate 10 travelers who want to use the highway as a shortcut to State Highway 17 or Balmorhea State Park will have to use the detour until we are finished."