June 28, 2006
Mayor Bill White, Council Member Toni Lawrence Applaud Agreement to Replace Pech Road Footbridge
Mayor Bill White and Councilmember Toni Lawrence today hailed approval by Houston City Council of an interlocal agreement with the City of Spring Valley to replace the aged Pech Road footbridge that spans Spring Branch, connecting the two cities.
“We recognize the risks this aging bridge poses,” said Mayor White. “The safety of citizens takes priority for both cities, and Public Works has the expertise so we're happy to move forward. It's a win-win we believe.”
This cooperative arrangement will enable replacement work to begin this summer with the goal of completing the project before school begins.
“Our primary concern was addressing the significant safety hazard the current footbridge presented but doing so in a fiscally disciplined manner,” Lawrence said. “Working with both Mayor White and Mayor Andrews, we were able to accomplish both of these goals and expect the surrounding neighborhoods and Valley Oaks School to enjoy using the new bridge for many years to come.”
Given the significant number of bayous and creeks in Houston, the Department of Public Works' Bridge Maintenance Division regularly builds and installs bridges throughout Houston. Public Works can complete this project at significant savings to both cities' taxpayers compared to hiring a private contractor. The City of Spring Valley will reimburse Houston for the cost of the project, estimated to be about $75,000.