The Grayson County Commissioners Court approved the purchase price of the last piece of right of way needed for the construction of a replacement for the Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge. The court voted Tuesday to pay the property owner $37,500 for around an acre of land.

The Grayson County Commissioners Court approved the purchase price of the last piece of right of way needed for the construction of a replacement for the Carpenter’s Bluff Bridge. The court voted Tuesday to pay the property owner $37,500 for around an acre of land.


For several years now, Grayson County, Bryan County and the folks with both the Texas Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have been working on a plan to replace the 100-year-old bridge that connects Grayson and Bryan County over the Red River.


Under the agreed upon plan, most of the costs for the new bridge will come from the states. Bryan County will be responsible for maintaining the bridge once it is built, but Grayson County is responsible for purchasing the right of way for the project. Grayson County got within spitting distance of having all of the needed right of way, but one landowner had been holding out. That was settled with Tuesday’s vote.


Not all of the land will be used in the project, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said, but the part that will be used would limit the landowner’s use of the rest of the property.


Grayson County Commissioner David Whitlock was the sole vote against the purchase. Whitlock said the whole thing put him in a bad place because he owns a similar piece of land over in Fannin County and there is going to be a similar project over there. He said if he voted in favor of giving the landowner’s asking price, it might leave the impression that Whitlock is setting himself up to get a similar price on his own property.