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PROJECT UPDATE: Wurzbach Pkwy Bridge Spans at 281

This weekend will bring some very visible progress to the Wurzbach Parkway project.  US 281 traffic in both directions will have nightly closures to allow construction crews to set bridge support beams across the highway.  Ultimately, there will be a series of on and off ramps from the parkway with turn-arounds at Nakoma and Bitters to connect to 281.  Although there has been significant progress on the parkway, much of the work has been in undeveloped areas with minimal traffic imposition.

 

Segments of Wurzbach construction, Courtesy TxDOT
Segments of Wurzbach construction, Courtesy TxDOT

Wurzbach Parkway, a $146 million TxDOT project, will ultimately connect I-10 to I-35.  The final stage of construction, a 1.7 stretch from West Avenue to Jones-Maltsberger is expected to be complete in 2015.  The Blanco to West Avenue segment was completed in April.  Once complete, the parkway will accommodate approximately 40,000 cars per day, offering some relief to 410 and Loop 1604 east and westbound commuters.

 

Jones-Maltsberge Overpass, Courtesy TxDOT
Jones-Maltsberge Overpass, Courtesy TxDOT

In addition to spanning 281, crews are working on bridges at Mud Creek and an overpass at Jones-Maltsberger.  Other than added road capacity, the project will also connect McAllister Park to Walker Ranch Park with hike-and-bike trails.

Mud Creek Bridge, Courtesy TxDOT
Mud Creek Bridge, Courtesy TxDOT
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