US 183 at MLK back open after bridge inspection

Bridge railing that is possibly unsafe at US 183 and MLK Jr. Boulevard on July 14, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Bridge railing that is possibly unsafe at US 183 and MLK Jr. Boulevard on July 14, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — All lanes of US 183 are back open at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard after the highway was closed due to concerns about the stability of a railing on the old MLK bridge.

The contractor, Colorado River Construction, was working to demolish the old MLK bridge when workers determined the railing could become a safety issue. So, the crews called in APD to help divert traffic while they assessed the railing.

A spokesperson for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority says the concrete rail that was of concern was removed and there should be no ongoing safety issues for drivers.

Traffic was routed to the frontage road during the two hour closure.

Concerns about the bridge railing prompted the closure of US 183 at MLK.
Concerns about the bridge railing prompted the closure of US 183 at MLK.

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