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Bridge Going Up Across Middle Island Creek

By Staff | May 11, 2016

Photo by Ed Parsons The state Division of Highways is building a bridge across Middle Island Creek within the Shiloh community. The DOH said the existing bridge is being replaced because it is in disrepair. The new bridge will be completed in the fall.

SHILOH – The state Division of Highways is constructing a new bridge across Middle Island Creek.

DOH Spokesman Brent Walker said the $2.3 million dollar project began earlier this year and should be completed by late October. He said the new steel beam bridge with a concrete deck replaces an older wooden deck bridge that was repaired in the fall of 2015.

“The existing bridge is in bad shape and needs repair,” he said.

Walker said the new bridge that connects county Route 14 to both sides of the creek and will serve many families in the Shiloh community.

“The bridge was on schedule to be replaced and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.

Walker said the DOH has “worked through” environmental issues arising from an endangered mussel species in the creek so as to proceed with construction.

Triton Construction of Saint Albans is the contractor for the project.

Worth noting for anyone who decides to do some exploring in that area there is a hound dog of sorts that routinely leads motorists down the main road in that area. Because the road by the creek is so narrow, it doesn’t really allow for passing the dog which will walk in the middle of the road.

Even if the road was a little wider, the dog won’t allow motorists to pass.

And the dog is reputed to be in good shape because it can walk/jog several miles while leading a vehicle into the area.

On that note, the town is also the namesake for the fictional beagle dog in the children’s book trilogy “Shiloh”, which was written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. All three books were made into movies.

All in all, it all goes to show that you never know what you’re going to discover in Tyler County.