For more than two years the bridge on Buffalo Springs Drive in Montgomery has been impassable due to damages from May 2016 floodwaters. Since then the bridge repair project has hit roadblocks ranging from navigating federal funding requests to construction delays.
City Administrator Jack Yates said the project’s initial delay was because of communication issues with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city ultimately received the funds, which, alongside a grant from the Texas General Land Office, paid for the entirety of the roughly $1 million project.
“The alternative [option]was to forgo FEMA funding and spend public dollars of roughly $1.5 million for the bridge repair that the citizens would have to pay back over the next 15 to 20 years,” Yates said.
Contracting company Glenn Fuqua Inc. began demolition of the bridge in January 2018, and the project was set to be completed in mid-June. However, the project’s timeline has been delayed four months due to lack of staffing, slow production and poor weather days, city officials said.
The current timeline from the contractor has an Oct. 30 completion date, Yates said.