Roosevelt Bridge to reopen Monday

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Residents in southeast Austin could have an early Christmas present.

The Roosevelt Bridge is scheduled to reopen for the winter Monday, which, judging from the number of calls county officials have received, should please residents in that area.

Public Works Director Mike Hanson said historic restoration is about 95 percent completed, but the bridge will need to be closed for just a few weeks next year to finish the project.

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The bridge spans the Cedar River on Fourth Street Southeast between Fourth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.

The historic restoration of the bridge started last year. Previous estimates called for the project to cost about $3.6 million, with about $2.1 million in federal funding, $800,000 from state bonds and about $800,000 local dollars.