Historical bridge collapses
By 01/03/2002 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press ROCKETT - Rutherford Road Bridge, a steel truss, reinforced bridge with historical ties in Ellis County, collapsed last week. The bridge, built in 1919 between the cities of Palmer and Rockett, was listed in the Texas Historical Marker Directory. The Texas Historical Commission designates bridges, buildings, and cities yearly. The THC also dedicates historical markers to cities and counties throughout the state. According to several neighbors living on and around Rutherford Road, diesel trucks would cross the bridge even when their loads were above the maximum weight level of 8,000 pounds. Some speculate that was the cause for the collapse. According to the State of Texas' bridge directory, the normal life span of a bridge that old is 40-45 years. The bridge wasn't fully original, having gone through some modifications. Workers from the Ellis County Commissioner's Precinct 1 assisted local law enforcement officials in blocking access to the bridge, which crossed Red Oak Creek and was located off Farrar Road.