SH 63 Historic Bridge at Texas and Louisiana Border
The TxDOT Beaumont District is proposing improvements to the SH 63/LA 8 bridge at the Sabine River; this bridge crosses the Texas and Louisiana state line near the cities of Burkeville, Texas and Leesville, Louisiana.
The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a structurally sound bridge‐crossing that allows access for Texas and Louisiana motorists across the Sabine River, with a focus on providing a bridge with adequate width and height to safely accommodate existing and foreseeable future transportation needs.
Project Needs and Issues:
- Sabine River shifting
- Problems with the bridge’s foundations
- Vehicles hitting overhead portions of the bridge
- Bridge is too narrow
- Deterioration of the bridge
- Outdated railing for modern vehicles
What’s Happening Now (updated Fall 2019):
TxDOT’s consulting team is currently completing their field investigations. This fall, the team is identifying wetlands, conducting a field survey, and clearing small brush for future soil borings. This winter and spring, the team will evaluate biological resources, conduct an archeological survey, and drill soil borings along the project site.
- Dec. 11, 2018 - Public Meeting
- March 8, 2018 - Stakeholder Meeting
TxDOT Beaumont District
8350 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77708