By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE – After working nearly two years on the Arrowhead Road bridge project, the Coryell County Commissioners Court awarded a bid for the construction of the bridge during their meeting Monday morning.

Monday's heavy downpour was a sign of the significance of the expeditious construction of the bridge on Arrowhead Road at a creek crossing site in the Big Valley Subdivision in Copperas Cove.

After the court opened bids last week and were given time to assess the two bids, the court awarded Ellis-McGinnis Construction Company in Eddy the bid for $231,212.80.

During the spring months of 2007, Copperas Cove experienced severe flooding, and, in May, ravaging flood waters claimed the lives of Jesse Scott Hornsby, 75, and his wife, Gloria Evelyn Hornsby, 73, near the Big Valley subdivision in Copperas Cove.

The couple was traveling to their home in Big Valley in their white Dodge Caravan when their vehicle meandered off the road. The van flipped more than 180 degrees, crossing the creek in the process.

The Hornsbys' bodies were found nearly a mile down the road from where their vehicle was located.

As a result, the county applied for a grant through the state's Office of Rural and Community Affairs to have an all-weather bridge built at the Arrowhead site.

In November 2007, the grant application was approved, but since then, the county has been waiting for hydrology reports, environmental reports and a design for the proposed bridge.

Mike McGinnis, owner of Ellis-McGinnis, said he anticipates the construction to begin in four to five weeks.

"I have to get with the county and see what their schedule is as far as paperwork," he said. "The project will be completed within about seven or eight weeks."

The court also discussed meeting safety goals, while maintaining the historic character of Oglesby Neff Park Road.

No action was taken on the issue because representatives from the Texas Historical Commission were unable to attend due to the rainy weather.

Contact Alicia Lacy at or call (254) 501-7476.

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