TxDOT, RV manager at odds over dust
March 25, 2013, 10:00 pm by Adam Troxtell
The chances of a second blast happening any time this week get smaller by the day as construction workers and officials continue to deal with the aftermath of the US 281 bridge implosion last week.
No official date is set for the implosion of the two remaining concrete pillars in Lake Marble Falls that used to support the 77-year-old bridge. While a blast on Good Friday is still possible, the chances of that happening diminish each day as general contractor Archer Western continues to develop a new blast plan.
"Work will not take place until we receive the revised demolition plan,” said Kelli Reyna, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) who is overseeing the bridge project. Reyna also said Archer Western and TxDOT officials are considering whether or not Good Friday would be an appropriate day to do the second blast and it could be pushed back to the week after the Easter holiday.
Construction officials with the US 281 bridge project are actively assessing damage claims from an implosion two Sundays ago as they reevaluate plans for a second blast, yet no one is checking up on the detrimental effects of concrete dust on residents of a nearby RV park, the manager said.
Kelli Reyna, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), said that personnel from the state agency, general contractor Archer Western, and Omega Demolition Corporation have gone "door-to-door” in the River View RV Park that borders the bridge construction work to the west within the last week and found no reports of health problems from concrete dust that has been flaring up since the beginning of the month when old bridge debris is dumped into the back of trucks.
"On March 15, before the blast that Sunday, representatives went door-to-door in the RV park,” Reyna said. "During that walkthrough, none of the residents had anything negative to say to any of our personnel, and this included an assistant manager.” Residents received information about the bridge blast at that time, Reyna said.
But, River View RV Manager Mike Warren and RV park resident
Wesley Tombs both said they have not seen nor heard of construction officials
contacting residents about what has become a persistent dust problem.
"Nobody’s come door-to-door at my place,” Warren said. "No one has come to my residents about the dust, and I’ll stand by that.”
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.
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