Contact: Diann Hodges
Phone: (512) 832-7027
Date: May 24, 2019
KINGSLAND — In a grand symbol of reunification, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation, along with federal, state and local leaders from Llano County, followed fire trucks from each side of the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ and met in the middle of the new RM 2900 bridge for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Traffic has not been able to cross the river at this location since raging floodwaters washed away the old bridge on Oct. 16, 2018.
“We made a promise to this community that we would make rebuilding this bridge a priority,” said TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy. “Working with our contractor, Capital Excavation Company, we were able to keep that promise and rebuild the bridge in less than seven months.”
The Oct. 16 flood along the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ was the largest flooding event since 1935. At the height of flooding, the river was discharging an estimated 290,000 cubic feet of water per second. After the bridge was washed out, TxDOT got to work immediately on plans for a new one, awarding a contract in just 15 days. Construction began in early November.
“The goal was simple,” said Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. “Give the people of Kingsland a better bridge, and we accomplished that in record time.”
The $17.3 million bridge includes 12-foot travel lanes, 6-foot shoulders and a 6-foot sidewalk. It was built as a “perch” bridge, meaning the center of the bridge is higher than the ends. At its highest point, the new bridge is about 5 feet higher than the previous bridge.
“We have built this bridge to withstand future flooding events like the one that occurred in October, with deeper column shafts and a secured bridge deck,” McCoy said.
Approximately 5,600 vehicles a day travel RM 2900, a north-south route between RM 1431 and SH 71.
Ribbon-cutting activities included presentations from local school children and speeches from U.S. Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams, State Representative Andrew Murr, and the Llano County Commissioners Court.
Bridge construction was paid for by TxDOT and the FHWA.
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