Moving OST might require extensive research

Vidorian photo/George Garza

Orange County wants to pave this unpaved section of Old Spanish Trail south of Vidor. But the county also wants to move the road away from a pond that used to be a sand quarry for safety reasons.

A section of the Old Spanish Trail (OST) near Vidor may have been in use by Spanish troops, American traders and cattle drivers to as far back as the 1780’s according to the Texas Historical Commission. Because the old sand and shell road is part of series of historical trails and roads extending from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California that may have been in use since 1690, the actual remains of that old road carry certain historical value and significance.

For that reason, plans to pave and move a 1600-foot section of the OST south of Vidor by Orange County must be undertaken with care to preserve the original road’s historical nature. Recently, the Orange County Commissioners’ Court authorized the County Road and Bridge Department to engage the services of LJA Engineering of Beaumont to develop the project of possibly realigning the OST near Vidor. Under their $69,130 contract with the County, LJA will perform surveying work, environmental assessments, a historical assessment, a geotechnical investigation and do Phase I engineering on the project.



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