Contact: Diann Hodges
Phone: (512) 832-7027
Date: March 14, 2019
KINGSLAND — Progress continues on the reconstruction of the RM 2900 bridge as crews remove the final portions of old bridge debris blocking drill shafts on the riverbed. These types of obstructions have slowed the drilling process throughout the emergency bridge construction project, but crews have been working around the clock to rebuild the structure as quickly as possible.
“We’ve made substantial progress on the bridge, and I’m proud of the team for working through the unexpected issues along the way,” said Terry McCoy, TxDOT Austin district engineer. “We plan to have the bridge open to traffic in May so that the Kingsland community and those who travel through the area will have this important route available.”
Another significant achievement occurred when crews poured an abutment slab, the piece that connects the roadway to the bridge on the north side.
The debris team is also focusing on the removal of remnants of the old bridge downstream to clear the way for boat traffic this summer. In the meantime, the LCRA and TxDOT have established a boat lane for local traffic to cross through the construction zone. The entire area remains a no-wake zone.
The Oct. 16 flood along the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ was the largest flooding event since 1935. The power of the rushing water washed out the RM 2900 bridge.
The new bridge, expected to open to traffic in May, will be wider, with 12-foot travel lanes, 6-foot shoulders and a 6-foot sidewalk. At its peak, the new RM 2900 bridge will be 5 feet higher than the previous bridge. Capital Excavation Company is the contractor.
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