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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014

Paul there are about 80 or so people here between the two low water bridges on Chimney Valley Road. Wednesday the 9th I called you to meet Jesse Ruiz and me to look at the cost of raising the front bridge and you said yes, but when I called you could not meet us, because you made other plans.

You got $448,536.79 from the Bridge and Road fund. Now according to you the balance of this fund is around $236,000 dollars. Your first use of funds was to pave 12 miles of roads. Yes, they probably needed it, but it was not a life threatening situation which we can face, and you never thought about us and the need to raise this bridge.

What about the situation where a child has an emergency appendicitis attack and the water over the bridge is too high for EMS to cross, or one of us old timer is having a heart attack. Jesse indicated just to raise it three foot it might cost around $50,000 to $75,000 dollars. Not much when you plan to spend way over $220,000 dollars for a new bridge and we all know that is not the final cost. That is the cost just for the bridge material. What about the tons of fill dirt it will take? What about the cost of the approaches? What about the 100 feet or more of paved road you will need to connect the existing road? I predict if it is built the final cost will be between $350,000 to $500,000.

EMS cannot get to us if the water is over the bridge. It can for those on Middle Creek RD. You always told me you did not have the money to do it.

Bill Fojtasek

Chimney Valley Road resident, Precinct 4, Blanco, TX

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