Historic Montopolis steel truss bridge set to close along 183 South

1938 bridge will become part of bike, pedestrian path

October 08, 2018 - 8:59 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- The historic Montopolis steel truss bridge along U.S. 183 over the Colorado River will permanently close to vehicle traffic Monday morning.

The bridge, which was originally constructed in 1938 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, is being re-purposed as part of a bicycle and pedestrian path in the 183 South expressway project.

Officials say traffic coming from Cesar Chavez heading towards the airport will shift to a new bridge over the river and join the mainlanes of U.S. 183.

As the 183 South project continues, crews will begin to rehabilitate the truss bridge by abating lead paint and adding a fresh coat of paint. Crews will also complete structural repairs and enhancements.

The 183 South project, stretching from U.S. 290 to Highway 71, is expected to open in phases between 2019 and 2020.

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