MARBLE FALLS (KXAN) – Officials with the city of Marble Falls, Burnet County, and the Texas Department of Transportation marked the opening of the new US 281 bridge in Marble Falls with a ribbon cutting and ceremonial drive on Thursday.
“The dual US 281 bridges are a perfect example of addressing a safety problem, as the bridges were old and needed to be replaced,” said George Russell, Mayor of Marble Falls. “With the cooperation of the city, county, TxDOT, and legislators—both at the state and federal level—we were able to tackle an issue that needed to be addressed and establish ourselves for the future.”
The construction project replaced the former 600-foot steel bridge that had spanned the Colorado River in Marble Falls for 77 years. The newly-constructed bridges are twin segmental bridges, each with two travel lanes for vehicles, up from the previous narrow four-lane bridge. Additionally, both bridges have large shoulders and sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists.
“This new bridge will always be the symbol of collaboration, team work and success,” said Donna Klaeger, Burnet County Judge. “May it remind us of the power of working together as a community!”
“The two bridges are signature projects for Marble Falls and the entire US 281 corridor,” said Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County Commissioner Precinct 4. “From working on the right-of-way acquisition more than four years ago, to the opening of both bridges, it has been a successful collaboration of all the entities. The two bridge concept allows for redundancy during times of emergency while providing for separation of directional traffic during normal day to day operations, all while providing protection for pedestrian traffic. This much-needed project is an achievement all stakeholders should be proud of.”
Construction on the approximate $30 million bridge replacement project began in Dec. 2010 by Archer Western Contractors and is expected to be complete in Dec. 2014.
“This was a very unique project that will greatly enhance safety and mobility for all motorists,” said Howard Lyons, Burnet Area Engineer. “I’m glad to celebrate the opening of these new bridges to traffic.”