San Antonio Street Bridge to reopen July 15

The San Antonio Street bridge, built in 1923, spans a length of 410 feet above the Comal River. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
The San Antonio Street bridge, built in 1923, spans a length of 410 feet above the Comal River. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

The San Antonio Street bridge, built in 1923, spans a length of 410 feet above the Comal River. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

According to a press release, the San Antonio St. Bridge will reopen to traffic July 15. The bridge has been under construction since it closed on Sept. 3, 2019.

Texas Department of Transportation contractor Capital Excavation carried out the $4.5 million project.

Included in the project plan were upgrades to structural and safety aspects of the bridge and work to widen the bridge from 30 feet to 48 feet.

Fifteen-foot vehicle lanes with shoulders, 8-foot sidewalks on each side of the bridge and a 1-foot area for the bridge rail were included in the new design as part of the widening project.

The original bridge was built in 1923. It lacked shoulders, had narrow sidewalks and could not support heavier vehicles, such as emergency response vehicles.


Initially, the bridge was scheduled to open by the end of 2020, but construction innovations learned from work on other historical structures allowed Capital Excavation and TxDOT to complete the project ahead of schedule.

Although the bridge will be open to traffic, Capital Excavation will complete clean-up work after the July 15 opening date.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


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