Bicycle bridge to be built by MoPac

Construction began in February

In February workers began building a bridge across the Barton Creek Greenbelt to allow cyclists and pedestrians to travel along MoPac more safely.

Dallas-based contractors Austin Bridge & Road started building the bridge Feb. 10, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The bridge will have an at least

12-foot-wide shared-use path paralleling MoPac and will connect to frontage roads, spokeswoman Kelli Reyna said.

The work will include road paving and striping along MoPac as well.

Reyna said there will be nightly lane closures on MoPac when the bridge is being built but that the closures would not occur until later in the project.

The project is expected to cost

$7.7 million, Reyna said.

In November 2012, voters approved six city of Austin bond propositions totalling $306.6 million.

The bicycle bridge will receive funding from Proposition 12, an initiative allocating $143 million for transportation and mobility projects.