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City-of-Mission-logoMISSION—Demolition of the overpass on Inspiration Road and U.S. 83 begins this week, according to an update from TxDOT at the Mission Redevelopment Authority meeting on Tuesday.

Judith Garza-Bozquez with the Texas Department of Transportation said a barrier has already been placed within the project limits, shifting main lane traffic to the outer lanes in preparation for the demolition.

“Currently, we have a contractor on schedule to begin bridge demolition on March 27,” Garza-Bozquez said. “It should take approximately three weeks. Of course that is subject to change.”

Palm trees in the vicinity of the overpass have been removed and planted on Conway Avenue and the Sharyland Golf Course. Garza-Bozquez said TxDOT is encouraging the city to notify citizens about the construction.

“When we are talking about demolishing the bridge, we are not talking about explosives,” Garza-Bozquez said. “It is a piece by piece demolition of the bridge. We just want to give a reminder to be patient. Construction does take some time and we all definitely need everyone’s cooperation in it.”

Garza-Bozquez added there would also be times that Business 83 is closed down for demolition.

An update from Ricardo Gallaga with L&G Engineering over the Conway Streetscape Project explained demolition is complete between Eighth and Ninth Streets. He added a color used in pavers at the Mission Historical Museum would be used through out the project to have consistency.

“The supplier blended a unique color which they are going to call Mission Tan,” Gallaga said. “Hopefully on (March) 31 we will do a mock up (of the project).”

Gallaga added 34 light poles have been removed from Conway Avenue and 98 new poles will be installed between First and 14th Streets. Before moving forward with the project, Gallaga said City Manager Martin Garza would like to have a block meeting to discuss construction and possible delays with local business owners.

In other news, the board amended the project list plan and budget for the City of Mission Waterline Loop Project along Military Road. The board approved the funds immediately after the MRA meeting during the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone meeting.

The water loop would connect lines in the city’s TIRZ Zone, the board agreed on providing $585,000 for the project.

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