After several issues with drownings on Fort Hood because of low water crossings, soldiers now have a safer way to cross Old George Town Road.
The largest military base in the country opening another newly constructed bridge. Fort Hood’s newly-built Old Georgetown Road Bridge is officially up and running.
Fort Hood officials, soldiers and the public gathered to celebrate on Thursday. It took a little over a year to connect the bridge over Cowhouse Creek.
“This bridge can easily handle 70-ton tanks and any other combat vehicle in our inventory,” says Maj. Gen. J.T. Thomson, III Corps Deputy Commanding General.
“This bridge is about 450 feet long, cost us about $10 million to build. It replaced what was formerly known as a low water crossing,” says Brian Dosa, Fort Hood Director Of Public Works.
While it’s low right now, Dosa says Cowhouse Creek has been known to rise 15 feet during a flash flood.
“Enough water that could either wash a car, a tank or a Bradley away,” Dosa said.
Fort Hood has dealt with a number of drowning incidents involving soldiers trying to get across flooded low water crossings in the past, with the most recent being at Turkey Creek last April.
“We recognize that we were putting drivers and soldiers and pedestrians at risk with these low water crossings on our major roads. That’s what’s really driven us to try and make things more safe,” Dosa said.
Another asset of the new bridge is this stream gauge.
The machine measure the height of the water down in the creek then sends signals back to Fort Hood officials to keep track of flooding.
“It allows us all weather, 24/7 access to our primary maneuver training area in a safe an efficient manner,” Thomson said.
This bridge is not the same one that killed nine soldiers during flooding in 2016. Fort Hood’s Old Georgetown Bridge is the second to replace a low water crossing.
The next one is expected to be built on Turkey Run Road.