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BURNET — Construction starts next week on a bridge that will keep residents from being trapped during the next big flood, officials said Wednesday.

Work to install the $200,000 bridge on CR 123 begins Monday, Burnet County Commissioner Bill Neve said.

When complete, the bridge will enhance traffic safety in the area, he added.

During heavy rains, residents along the road are “trapped,” Neve said.

Austin Development engineers estimate the job will be finished by mid-January. Funding comes from Texas Department of Transportation refunds on recent right-of-way acquisitions, Neve said.

“It is paid for,” Neve said.

raymond@thepicayune.com