The historic SH 332 truss bridge, spanning the Brazos River in Brazoria County, was replaced in 2010 with the construction of a new bridge. In 2011, an agreement between TxDOT and local agencies to rehabilitate the bridge for pedestrian use was terminated at the request of the local government.
From 2011 to 2017, TxDOT reevaluated the truss bridge in conjunction with input from local citizens, state and federal agencies in accordance with required regulations, including Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act.
Since being closed to vehicular traffic in 2010, no maintenance has been performed on the bridge as funding is unavailable for bridges not in use for vehicular traffic. During subsequent bridge inspections, several structural issues have been noted include: section loss on steel truss members, severe rusting, paint failure, and bent members from previous impact damage when the bridge was open to traffic.
Communications and input will be conducted throughout the process and next steps include:
TxDOT Houston District
P.O. Box 1386
Houston, TX 77251-1386