Crews do heavy lifting to install MoPac bike bridge

Three pieces, made in Colorado, will make up the 525-foot-long MoPac bike bridge. Once they're in place, concrete will be poured as the deck of the bridge. (Amanda Dugan/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’ll be on MoPac later Thursday night, expect to see more construction than usual in this area right around Braker Lane. Crews will be moving part of a 525-foot-long bike and pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks south of Duval Road. The move will require the closures along southbound MoPac between Parmer and Braker lanes after 8 p.m. so that crews can transport a piece of the bridge from the median of MoPac near Parmer Lane. The oversized load will travel down the frontage road across Duval Road before jumping back on the mainlines of MoPac and stopping on Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

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Then comes the tricky part: lifting the bridge over the tracks. Crews will keep the southbound right and center lanes closed in the area. Mopac Man Steve Pustelnky says that once this project is complete, it will help many Austinties reach some of their favorite destinations better.

“This bridge will allow people on bicycle, as well as on foot, to more easily access destinations around here — such as The Domain and Arboretum,” he said.

A specific piece of the bridge will become the bike and pedestrian bridge that will go along the southbound Mopac frontage road — starting right around the Walnut Creek area and ending at the Arboretum. There are two other parts that look just like that specific piece that will be installed in the upcoming weeks, depending on the forecast.

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