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Where: Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Group Dining Hall
(Walnut Ridge Unit/North Entrance)
634 Park Road 48
Jasper, TX 75951
Park entrance fee waived
July 11, 2015
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Purpose: The purpose of the open house is to present information, answer questions and get feedback about the approved construction of the Jasper County Neches River relief bridge approximately 11 miles west of Jasper on US 190, which spans the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.

The bridge is located on the east bank of the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir (also known as Dam “B”). The public can view exhibits, talk with project and construction staff and provide input. The Martin Dies, Jr. State Park entrance fee will be waived on July 11, 2015 and citizens may come and go at their convenience during the open house time.
Description: The bridge replacement includes the East relief bridge adjacent to Martin Dies, Jr. State Park over the Steinhagen Reservoir. The existing bridge was built in 1941; the new bridge will enhance safety by modernizing the bridge to current standards with the following improvements:
  • Widen bridge and shoulder lanes: The current structure has two 12-foot travel lanes and two two-foot shoulders; the new wider structure will have two 12-foot travel lanes and two 12-foot shoulders. Wider shoulders will allow more room for disabled vehicles.
  • Lengthen bridge and roadway approach: The existing 29.25-foot by 455-foot bridge will be replaced with a 50-foot by 560-foot bridge, which will include longer roadway approaches. The longer approaches are designed to balance the reservoir capacity and reduce impact to the reservoir's flood storage capacity as well as provide additional boat clearance.
  • Construct the bridge to look similiar to the current structure: The new bridge design will be similar to the current design and the replacement is not expected to impact historic or cultural resources. This project does not require additional right of way (ROW) or displacements. All work is within the existing 250-foot easement granted by the US Army Corp of Engineers.
The structure being replaced is not associated with the metal truss bridge or the associated approach that is located on the western side of the reservoir.

Learn more about construction timing and sign up for construction updates on the US 190 East Relief Bridge project page.
Contact: TxDOT Beaumont District
8350 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77708
(409) 892-7311