House move blocks south Austin street for a second time

Crews work to move a house through a South Austin neighborhood. (KXAN/Ed Zavala)
Crews work to move a house through a South Austin neighborhood. (KXAN/Ed Zavala)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews moving a house from a South Austin neighborhood Tuesday night say it took them three and a half hours to clear the same location where another house was stuck in early October.

Workers were moving the house to Lockhart around 9 p.m. when wires blocked their path at the intersection of Brackenridge and East Live Oak Streets. Crew members got on top of the roof and used a pole, called a jumper, to raise the set of wires while they slowly moved the home out of the way.

Stuck house finally on the move got stuck again trying to pass railroad tracks (KXAN/Ed Zavala)
Stuck house finally on the move got stuck again trying to pass railroad tracks (KXAN/Ed Zavala)

They were able to clear the intersection at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Workers then had difficulty crossing the railroad tracks just south of Ben White at 1:30 a.m. It took them 30 minutes, but they finally made it across the tracks with some roof damage. As of 2:30 a.m., crews were at South Congress and William Cannon.

On Sept. 30, crews from AAA-Austin Home Mover were taking a house down to Lockhart when they got stuck at Brackenridge and Live Oak. It took them until Oct. 6 to get that house out of the neighborhood. KXAN is working to confirm if this is the same company who moved the home Tuesday night.

Before they moved the home on Tuesday night, workers had cut it in half. They say they will come back for the rest of the house at a later date.

According to the workers, the first house was harder to move because it was 38 feet wide. The house that was moved on Tuesday was 25 feet wide.

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