AUSTIN (KXAN) — If there was ever any turning back on downtown Austin’s massive new state-of-the-art library, it’s too late now. The great concrete pour has begun.
More than 1,000 trucks will continuously pour concrete for its new foundation downtown from 10 p.m. on Friday to Saturday at 10 p.m.
It will probably cause some traffic congestion, but the city is used to that.
Voters approved the project with a $120 million bond in 2006 to replace the John Henry Faulk Library constructed in 1979.
At the site of the old Seaholm Power Plant the convoy of trucks will pour concrete, one followed by the next every 90 seconds. It is one of the largest continuous concrete pours Central Texas has ever seen.
Off-duty Austin police officers will try to keep traffic moving but some congestion and delay is expected along westbound Cesar Chavez and southbound West Avenue.
The new foundation will cover 40,000 square feet and run five and a half feet deep.
The new library is scheduled to open in 2016.