Contact: Kathi White

Phone: (903) 510-9267

Date: Jan. 31, 2019

ATHENS, Texas – The SH 274 Bridge at Cedar Creek Reservoir Spillway in Henderson County will remain closed until needed repairs can be made to the structure. Bridge experts have completed a thorough inspection of the structure which indicated some concrete deterioration of a single bent cap that will require repairs. To address this condition, TxDOT is preparing an emergency maintenance contract to be executed as early as next week and will extend for approximately three weeks, barring any unforeseen conditions. This work is being performed to restore the integrity of the bridge protecting the well-being of the traveling public. It is TxDOT’s intent to expedite the work minimizing impacts to motorists. 

The bridge inspection and road closure, located about seven miles north of SH 31 between Trinidad and Seven Points, was prompted Wednesday by visual observations of an exposed roadway joint.

The traveling public must use alternate routes along SH 334, SH 198, and SH 31

While the detour may be inconvenient, TxDOT appreciates the public’s patience as it conducts its safety protocols with due diligence in an effort to return the roadway to service.

Get updated road conditions and traffic updates at or call 800-452-9292. 


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