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The new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland has crossed the Llano River and connected to the south side of Lake LBJ.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, concrete was poured May 15 on the final approach slab.
Work continues to quickly come along in anticipation of a May 24 public ribbon-cutting ceremony at the bridge.
The May 24 event begins at 2 PM with speakers starting at about 2:30 PM. The ribbon cutting is estimated to happen at about 3:30 PM.
TxDOT shared a 30-second video on its YouTube channel showing clips of recent construction.
Work began in November 2018, about a month after the Oct. 16 flood destroyed the previous bridge. The first beams of the new bridge were placed Jan. 17.
The new bridge will be wider as well as 5 feet taller at the middle than the previous bridge.
While construction on the bridge continues, TxDOT also reported that crews are removing an 80-foot bridge deck section and beams of the old bridge on the north bank of the Llano arm of Lake LBJ.
“The eighty-foot piece of debris is one of the larger pieces we identified on the north side,” said TxDOT Public Information Officer Brad Wheelis. “We’re still assessing, and there will be more removal.”
Wheelis did not know when debris removal would be finished.