Some big projects are underway in Bastrop. Read the four following stories to learn more about the future of the city.

Old Iron Bridge construction to be completed by April 2027

The Old Iron Bridge in Bastrop will undergo initial assessment and design by engineering consultant Huitt-Zollars Inc. for $1.13 million. Previous work by the company includes the Margaret Hunt Hill and Margaret McDermott bridges in Dallas. The city reserved $18 million for repainting and repairs of the bridge.

The timeline

Engineering design is scheduled to be completed in March 2025 followed by the completion of construction in April 2027.

6 housing developments coming to Bastrop

Bastrop’s population is estimated to double within the near future. Several developments are underway in Bastrop to address the growing need.

Further developments are currently in the planning stage, City Manager Sylvia Carrillo said.

“I think we’re going to get to 40,000 residents sooner than folks actually think,” Carrillo said at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting.

Bastrop Economic Development Corporation discusses budget, approves downtown lighting project

The 2023-24 budget for the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation was discussed at the BEDC board meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 13.

This November, Bastrop voters passed Proposition A to reallocate a portion of the Bastrop sales tax funds for the BEDC to fund residential Bastrop roadwork. The change reduces the BEDC budget by about 75%.

“The budget implication [of Proposition A] is pretty significant,” City Manager Sylvia Carrillo said.

Q&A: Mayor Lyle Nelson shares Bastrop's strategy for managing rapid growth

Lyle Nelson took office as mayor of Bastrop in June earlier this year. Since that time, the city has overseen a number of large development projects coming to Bastrop. Community Impact sat down with Nelson to discuss how the city is handling these projects for its residents new and old.

See the full interview here.