Comal River reopened under San Antonio Street Bridge, reconstruction hits milestone

The city of New Braunfels removed buoys that prevented tubers from floating beneath the San Antonio Bridge. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of New Braunfels removed buoys that prevented tubers from floating beneath the San Antonio Bridge. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of New Braunfels removed buoys that prevented tubers from floating beneath the San Antonio Bridge. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

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This screenshot from the May 11 City Council meeting shows the recent state of the San Antonio Street Bridge. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
Buoys preventing river-goers from passing underneath the San Antonio Street Bridge were removed this morning and the Last Public Exit is ready for use, according to the city of New Braunfels.

The buoys previously prevented travel under the bridge to protect people from potential falling debris from construction, but it was announced at the May 11 City Council meeting that substantial completion on the San Antonio Street Bridge project had been reached.

Work is still being done on the bridge and an engineer for TxDOT, Will Lockett, said the project is aiming for completion by Labor Day. TxDOT is estimating that vehicle traffic may resume in early August, according to a press release issued by the city.

"The bridge looks great," said Mayor Barron Casteel at the council meeting. "I'm ready to walk across it."

Capital Excavation, the project contractor, will receive a $210,000 incentive bonus from TxDOT for reaching the milestone early, Lockett told City Council.


"This was an entirely 100% state funded project because of the rating of the bridge," Casteel said.

The $4.5 million project began in September and widened the bridge from 30-feet to 48-feet. The completed bridge will feature 8-foot wide pedestrian sidewalks on each side.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.