Bridge closed to ensure safety, scheduled for replacement beginning this month
AUSTIN — A bridge over the Pedernales River southeast of Fredericksburg has been closed for safety until a bridge replacement project can be performed. Work on the project is anticipated to begin on May 5, 2014 and the closure is expected to last around nine months.
Crews blocked off the Old San Antonio Road Bridge and set up a detour and warning signs on Thursday, April 17, after a recent bridge inspection showed the structure was 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 have been detoured to Cain City Road and Luckenbach-Cain City Road around the bridge closure. 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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