Transportation update: New Stassney Lane bridge to open to traffic Jan. 8

While the Stassney Lane bridge will open Jan. 8, construction in the area on I-35 in South Austin continues. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
While the Stassney Lane bridge will open Jan. 8, construction in the area on I-35 in South Austin continues. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

While the Stassney Lane bridge will open Jan. 8, construction in the area on I-35 in South Austin continues. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

The new Stassney Lane bridge over I-35 will open at 5 a.m. on Jan. 8, according to a Jan. 7 news release by the Texas Department of Transportation.

A traffic shift is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Jan. 8 in anticipation of the opening. Motorists should expect numerous lane closures during the shift, including on I-35 service roads and the bridge itself, until the bridge officially opens at 5 a.m., according to TxDOT.

The newly constructed six-lane bridge includes two lanes and a left-turn lane in each direction, according to TxDOT. Although the bridge will open Jan. 8, additional work on the bridge will continue for the next few months, including the installation of new signage and traffic signals.

The new Stassney bridge was built as part of a $79 million TxDOT project to improve I-35 from north of Stassney to south of William Cannon Drive as well as the overpass bridges above it. The William Cannon bridge was demolished beginning in March 2018 and rebuilt by late 2018. The old Stassney bridge was demolished in August and took about six months to replace.

Other work associated with the project has included the creation of new service road U-turn lanes and ramps as well as the widening of I-35 main lanes in the area.


Timeline: July 2016-spring 2020

Cost: $79 million

Funding source: Proposition 1 funds


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