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April 17, 2013

Upgrade and Future Replacement of Yale Street Bridge

The Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE) announces that Houston City Council awarded a contract for rehabilitation work for the Yale Street Bridge on March 14, 2013, and that work is scheduled to begin in April 2013 and take 90 days to complete.

The upgrades include installation of external carbon strip reinforcement on the bridge floor beams as a practical action that will strengthen the bridge and provide for safe use of the existing bridge, with increased allowable loads, until a new one replaces it.

Additionally, Houston City Council took a step towards replacing the Yale Street Bridge on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, by adopting an ordinance approving and authorizing an Agreement between the City of Houston and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This agreement allows TxDOT funds to be used to design and construct a replacement bridge at Yale Street and White Oak Bayou. Once completed, the City of Houston will maintain the bridge. The replacement project is currently anticipated to start construction in late 2016. In the interim, regular maintenance and monthly inspections of the bridge continue to insure the structure remains safe for public use.

For more information contact Alvin Wright at alvin.wright@houstontx.gov or 832.395.2455.


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