Bridge scheduled for replacement to ensure safety
AUSTIN — A bridge over the Pedernales River southeast of Fredericksburg is being closed for safety until a bridge replacement project can be performed.
Crews will block off the Old San Antonio Road Bridge and set up a detour and warning signs today (Thursday, April 17). A recent inspection has shown the structure is a safety risk for motorists.
“Maintaining a safe and reliable transportation system is of the utmost importance to the department,” said Greg Malatek, Austin District Engineer. “Drivers count on us to make sure they can travel on area roads and bridges as safely as possible, and we accept the responsibility. Nothing is more important to us than ensuring drivers get to their destination safely.”
Motorists will be detoured to Cain City Road and Luckenbach-Cain City Road around the bridge closure. A construction schedule is still being arranged, at this time. The closure could last approximately one year; however, other repair alternatives are still being considered.
The construction cost for the project is approximately $1.38 million and will be funded through TxDOT’s bridge program.
Gillespie County leaders have partnered with TxDOT to replace five off-system bridges in the county, including two bridges on Kneese Road at Palo Alto Creek, Goehmann Lane at Barons Creek, and Boos Lane at Pedernales River, in addition to the one on Old San Antonio Road at Pedernales River. Hill Country Bridge, Inc. will handle all five projects, after the Texas Transportation Commission awarded them the contract in February 2014.
Signs have been placed along the highway to help direct drivers during the bridge closure. Motorists should allow extra time to travel through this area. TxDOT asks the traveling public to be patient and remain aware when traveling through the work zone.
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