ABILENE, Texas -

State transportation officials held a public meeting Tuesday evening to discuss an upcoming construction project that will close the U.S. 84/Business I-20 bridge over the railroad tracks between Tye and Abilene.

The bridge in question was built in 1951 and Blair Haynie, director of transportation planning and development, hopes to modernize it.

"It just needs to be brought up to today's standards and so forth," Haynie said.

The current bridge is still safe to drive on -- it's just considered too narrow.

Haynie believes the best solution is to build a new bridge.

"We made the determination that the best thing to do with it was to replace it."

The work would begin in the spring of 2015 and a detour would last about 12 months. The project is estimated to cost $16.6 million dollars.

Haynie thinks the only way their start date could be pushed back is poor coordination with the railroad.

"The only thing that could delay that project," Haynie said, "could be any type of coordination with the railroad."