FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Community partners from Michaels Military, Mountain Vista Communities, KE&G Construction Inc., Solis Engineering and the installation Housing Division broke ground Jan. 13 on a new bridge for Bonnie Blink neighborhood here.The new bridge over Huachuca Creek will provide safe, year-round access improving traffic flow from Burt Road to the neighborhood, said Col. Jarrod Moreland, garrison commander."This is a great day for Fort Huachuca and those who live in the Bonnie Blink housing area, also, those who frequently access our post cemetery," Moreland said. "This is a project I think is long overdue and is absolutely going to add value to the families and teammates [living here]."Moreland said the Burt Road entrance to the neighborhood currently has a low water crossing impacted by severe weather during monsoons or freezing temperatures."KE&G Construction, Inc. is constructing a freestanding bridge expanding 55-feet along the foothills of the base," said Ramon A. Gaanderse, director of communications of KE&G Construction, Inc.The bridge, assembled at KE&G Construction, Inc., is then shipped to the site and assembled, he added."A new bridge will ensure the road's safety entering the neighborhood," said Rick Sperle, vice president of facilities at Michaels Military."The existing concrete fjord will be demolished, then replaced with a reinforced concrete floor and abutments," Sperle said. "The bridge will be a rolled girder structure made from steel."KE&G Construction, Inc will pave on both sides of the bridge for all-weather access, Gaanderse added.The bridge will allow water to flow more freely and not impede access to housing.The Burt Road entrance will be temporarily closed for ten weeks beginning Jan. 19.Motorists are reminded to abide by all posted traffic signs and use caution while driving. Residents are reminded to keep children away from construction zones and heavy equipment.This partnership provides many ongoing and planned improvements to residents' quality of life at the garrison here."We are honored and privileged to serve those who serve our country," Sperle said. "We know that the military families who are protecting our country deserve comfortable and supportive places to raise children and build their future."Currently, Mountain Vista Communities and the installation Housing Division are installing cordless blinds, a $500K project for 1,063 homes here mandated by the Department of the Army. They are also repairing roof eaves in 200 homes in Miles Manor & Pershing Plaza areas and renovating homes in Cavalry Park 5.Later this year, porches in Cavalry Park 3 will be revitalized and construction will begin on another new neighborhood for residents.# # #Fort Huachuca is home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command, and more than 48 supported tenants representing a diverse, multiservice population. Our unique environment encompasses 964 square miles of restricted airspace and 2,500 square miles of protected electronic ranges, key components to the national defense mission.Located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is an Army installation with a rich frontier history. Established in 1877, the Fort was declared a national landmark in 1976.We are the Army's Home. Learn more at https://home.army.mil/huachuca/