New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 12, 2007, Page 6

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June 12, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page used to have an awesome looking display," he said. "Now, we mainly have T-shirts." Kurtz blames the decline in merchandise to big business running out the little guys. "Now a lot of stuff is owned by the NBA so they're starting to monopolize," he said. "It's coming down to running out the small guy You don't see as many vendors out here." Suzanne Ashe can be reached at sashe@herald i Let Your If you hear, but cannot understand conversation... If you have trouble hearing in noisy places.... If others seem to be mumbling.... If you ask others to repeat themselves.... r you are cordially invited to attend our FREE HEARING CONSULTATION THIS WEEK! You will receive FREE of charge - with absolutely no obligation to buy:  Hearing consultation and check up  A demonstration of the newest digital hearing technology. If you have trouble hearing in noise, the NEW VIRTUE 16 might he the solution to help you! 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Recently shut down for two weeks, the Gruene Road bridge again was closed about 4 p.m. Monday, New Braunfels Police Department officials said. "We're open year-round but, with the bridge closure the last few weeks, it felt like we were in our winter months/' said J.D. KMer, manager at Ornamental Iron Works, which is the first business past the bridge in Gruene. "It'll be nice once this is all behind us." Local first responders also voiced their approval of a new bridge. 'As it is, the bridge doesn't cause us many issues-except when it is closed," Capt Wayne Rousseau of the New Braunfels Fire Department said. "I know this has been in the works for a long time. The new bridge shouldn't affect our response times." Plans for a replacement have been discussed for about 10 years, with city and county officials citing safety concerns and traffic jams as some of the rea- sons for replacement In August 2003, Comal County Commissioners passed a resolution urg-ing TxDOT to replace the bridge. "Each year, TxDOT annually inspects bridges in cities and counties around the state," Malatek said. "This one was chosen in '97 or bandit had to first 'compete' with other bridges. We approached New Braunfels city leaders who approved the city paying 10 percent of the construction costs, as well as 100 percent of the costs for utility adjustments and right of way access." While the bridge remains structurally sound, geometrically, it is a different story, Malatek said. "That it goes under water was one factor, yes, but the lack of a pedestrian walkway and a bridge railing were predominant factors in wanting to replace the bridge," he said. "It's been a long process, but we're ready to go. We were ready last year, but with the (road improvement) project on Gruene Road, the city didn't want both happening at the same time." Another setback was a historical one, he said. While part of the Gruene Historical District, the bridge is not a histor-ical landmark. However, TxDOT performed an evaluation to clarify the issue, which pushed the $1.5 million project back from a 2006 start date, Malatek said. "The public meeting on Monday will let people examine our environmental design > - IF YOU GO What; An open house and public meeting to discuss a proposal to replace the Gruene bridge will take place Monday in the New Braunfels city council chambers, 424 S. Castell St.ffhe open house^ which includes1 exhibits, begins at 5:30 p.m. with the hearing to follow at 6 p.m. Information: 830-609-0707 plans for the bridge, including the crash-tested railings we'll be installing," he said. "There will be two 12-foot wide lanes with 3-foot shoulders and a 6-foot sidewalk along both sides for an overall width of 44 feet. Plus, the bridge will be raised 5 feet from its present height, so even when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases the maximum 5,000 cfs, it will remain open." Although many might be happy to put an end to their occasional detours to and from work or home, there was at least one person who said he will miss the old bridge. With a steady trickle of traffic crossing the bridge over the rushing water, Jeff Harper of San Marcos, who works at the MagiColor photography booth next to the river, said he "can see why it needs to be done." "But, it's a litde different hav-ing a low bridge like that around here," Harper said. "I'll be sad to see it go." Mark Koopmans can be reached at [email protected] We need volunteers for a Weight Loss Study involving an investigational medication. Qualified patients will receive study related labwork, diet counseling, study medication, physical exams, and compensation for their time CENTRAL TEXAS HEALTH RESEARCH ;

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