Blue Bluff Bridge was identified by Road & Bridge Precinct 2 personnel as a bridge that received extreme damage in May of 2015 due to flood waters. During the incident period, rising and rapid flowing floodwaters in an unnamed tributary to the Brazos River south of Waco, Texas caused serious damages to rip rap protecting the south abutment of the bridge on Blue Bluff Road. There was a loss of large (24-inch diameter) stone rip rap and the scour of soil from under the rip rap and channel bed. Circumferential cracking at the south abutment appeared after the event from waterborne debris.
Working with the county engineer and personnel from Emergency Management, Precinct 2 received funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in the repairs.
This project includes all work necessary to repair the damaged bridge on Blue Bluff Road approximately 1.07 miles south of West Fredrick Street (FM-1860) south of Waco, McLennan County, Texas.
On January 17, 2017, Commissioners Court approved the recommendation from Commissioner Lester Gibson to award a contract to Beck-Reit Construction, Inc. to repair the Blue Bluff Bridge.
Work to be performed by Beck-Reit to repair the Blue Bluff Bridge includes:
• Replace Rock Rubble Rip-Rap eroded from channel and lock in with pumped concrete.
• Encase Support Columns with Steel Cover/Shell and Grouting to address micro-cracking in Columns.
• Excavate south approach, replace headwall, and replace base and roadway.