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Seventh Street Bridge Reconstruction

Project completed in November 2013
Contractor: Sundt Construction Inc. of San Antonio

artist rendering of new bridge

The new Seventh Street Bridge (above) serves as a gateway between downtown and the cultural district, providing automobile and pedestrian access with space to accommodate alternative modes of transit in the future.

The aging Seventh Street Bridge, a popular east-west thoroughfare that connects downtown to the Cultural District, is due to be reconstructed.

The original span was built in 1913 and was expanded in 1953 when the Trinity River was rerouted and the surrounding levees were built. Although the bridge has been determined safe to use, beams, girders and the deck of the 1913 section are deteriorating.

A new bridge, estimated to cost $25.9 million, was designed by the Texas Department of Transportation. To minimize traffic and lane closures, the the contractor will begin construction of 12 arches (two per span) off-site in 2012. In spring 2013 the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and closed in summer 2013 as the existing bridge is removed and the new deck placed. The full closure is expected to take no more than 150 days.

Seventh Street Bridge Facts

  Current New
Length 982 feet 981 feet
Width 57 feet 88 feet
Traffic Lanes 4 4
Sidewalk Width 4.8 feet 10 feet

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