WICHITA FALLS – Demolition crews will get to work Jan. 4, 2017, to tear down the Wellington Road Bridge over US 287 North of Wichita Falls. US 287 will have to be closed for the destruction but the detour will be effortlessly easy.
All north and southbound vehicles will exit at Wellington Road, drive across Wellington and re-enter the freeway using the Wellington Road entrance ramps. Only minor delays are expected during high traffic times.
Demolition work should wrap up by Saturday, Jan. 7. The freeway will reopen as soon as possible.
The replacement of Wellington Road Bridge is a $2.5 million contract that will take 11 months. The new structure will be higher and wider. The old bridge is only 14 feet 11 inches tall at its shortest point and has been hit by trucks numerous times. The new bridge will be 17.11 feet high. The bridge will also be widened to accommodate two 12-foot driving lanes with two 8-foot shoulders.
This construction will be a lot like the Huntington Road Bridge replacement project that TxDOT did last year.
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