Travis County officials dedicate new Onion Creek Bridge

Elected officials cut a ribbon at a ceremony to dedicate the new Onion Creek Bridge. (Courtesy Travis County)
Elected officials cut a ribbon at a ceremony to dedicate the new Onion Creek Bridge. (Courtesy Travis County)

Elected officials cut a ribbon at a ceremony to dedicate the new Onion Creek Bridge. (Courtesy Travis County)

A group of elected officials in Travis County convened to dedicate the new Onion Creek Bridge on Dec. 4.

The new bridge is 650 feet long with two 11-foot-wide lanes, according to a Dec. 4 press release. The old bridge was converted into a pedestrian bridge.


While design for the bridge was completed in 2018, a Federal Emergency Management Agency clearance and right-of-way acquisition delayed the project, which finished Sept. 14.

Voters approved $3 million in funding to make the bridge higher, an effort to avoid flooding, as a part of a 2011 bond. The money went toward design, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocations and construction, according to Hector Nieto, Travis County public information officer.

The event was attended by Travis County commissioners Ann Howard and Margaret Gomez, as well as Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, according to the press release.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.