Overpass nears completion – two lanes to open next week
By LPR Staff
Drivers entering Lockhart on Highway 183 southbound could have a new perspective as early as Monday.
Ongoing construction on the overpass at the Union Pacific railroad tracks is progressing nicely, according to Johnny Eddleton of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In fact, Eddleton expects paving to be compl
eted over the weekend and the first two lanes of the overpass to be open on Monday.
On Tuesday, crews will begin demolition of the existing bridge over the Town Branch Springs, the first stage of construction of the remaining two lanes of the overpass.
“[After the demolition starts] it should take three or four days,” Eddleton said in a written report to City Manager Vance Rodgers on Tuesday. “On Aug. 4, we will start the wall.”
Eddleton also said that crews will pave at night to connect the access roads near the overpass, and when paving is complete, they will plant grass in front of area businesses.
Rodgers has asked Lockhart residents and commuters to find alternate northbound routes while the construction is ongoing. As drivers comply with that request, residents are also reminded to be aware of increased traffic on North Commerce and North Blanco Streets, as well as on Stueve Lane and Silent Valley Road.
“Thank you for your patience,” Eddleton said. “[We hope you] enjoy the new overpass and the new view of Lockhart.”
Construction of the overpass is expected to be fully complete, with all traffic lanes open, as early as late-August.