MoPac closures tonight as bike/pedestrian bridge moved into place

A new bicycle and pedestrian bridge will be moved into place tonight. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A new bicycle and pedestrian bridge will be moved into place tonight.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Heads up, cyclists and pedestrians. Your bridge swings into place tonight!

The last piece of a 525-foot bicycle and pedestrian bridge will be positioned over the Union Pacific railroad tracks south of Duval Road tonight, according to a press release from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

The bridge is part of a shared use path that will run alongside the southbound Loop 1 frontage road from the city of Austin’s Walnut Creek Trail to the Capital of Texas Highway near the Arboretum.

Two southbound lanes of Loop 1 (MoPac) will be closed between Parmer Lane and Braker Lane starting at 8 p.m. The northbound frontage road will be closed at Braker Lane. The southbound frontage road will also be closed and drivers heading south will be forced to enter Loop 1 just south of Duval Road, the release states.

Southbound MoPac between Parmer Lane and Braker Lane will be completely closed sometime between 9 and 11 p.m. so the bridge can be moved from the median Loop 1 near Parmer Lane to the installation site south of Duval Road. The southbound Braker Lane exit will also be closed between 9 and 11 p.m.

Once the bridge has been moved, part of Loop 1 will re-open, but the center and right lanes will stay closed as crews lift the span into place over the railroad tracks. All lanes should reopen no later than 5 a.m. Tuesday.

For more information go here.


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