A County Commissioner has many and varied responsibilities. A major area of responsibility is the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in the County that are not part of the State Highway system or with a municipality. Here is a full list of Precinct 1 roads.
UPDATE 7/27/2016: This bridge is currently closed due to some structural safety concerns that were discovered by TxDOT. They have required us to close this bridge because it is not safe for travel. This bridge is currently on the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program and work should start this winter.
Bullhide Creek Bridge (Crunk Road):
Update 7/25/2016: This bridge was washed out in May and the whole bridge will need to be replaced. We have ordered a Geotechnical Study to see what the support system would have to be on the new bridge. The next step to getting this bridge repaired will be demolition of the current bridge and to start working on design work., The County is currently also looking into Financial Assistance from other governmental entities to help off set the cost of this large project.
Cottonwood Creek Bridge (12th Street):
UPDATE 7/25/2016: At this time TxDOT has hired a design team to work on the design of the specifications of the new bridge. Once the project limits have been defined by TxDOT, the County will begin the process of surveying and acquiring additional right-of-way if necessary, and locating utilities within this new right-of-way. Utilities affected by the bridge structure will be relocated to the limits of the new right-of-way prior to building the bridge. Surveying is set to begin this fall. UPDATE 2/15/2016: The County and the City of Waco have decided to go through the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program, which was approved by TxDOT at the end of January. The Commissioners Court approved to be put on the TxDOT list February 1, 2016. According to FEMA the bridge will need to be expanded to a 90ft foot bridge. With the expansion of this bridge and the specifications to build the bridge it will cost approximately $514,909. By going through the TxDOT Bridge Replacement Program the County/City will have to allocate $18,022 for the repair of the bridge. Now that the Bridge has been approved to go on the list, TxDOT will be starting on the tedious process of the design, set-up and exact specification to which the bridge will need to be built. In the meantime, the County will be doing some surveying of the area. Once all the leg work is complete the State will hire a third party to build the bridge according to FEMA regulations
UPDATE 10/15/2015: Currently the County has had sit down meetings and submitted documentation to FEMA. FEMA has stated that they will help fund the bridge. The County is currently waiting to see how much FEMA will contribute to the 12th Street Bridge and what additional documentation and steps will be required to construct the bridge.
Silo Hill Low Water Crossing:
Update 7/25/2016: Commissioner Snell wanted to keep you updated on the work that has been performed in this area. After several major storm events in the last year, this area has been a concern for the constituents of this area and the County. Commissioner Snell has consulted with a hydrology firm and ordered a flood study in this area. We received the preliminary report from the firm and they presented us with an option, now the County is looking into a different option that we feel may be more economical and practical. We will keep you updated on this project!