Austin Avenue Bridges Project

The City of Georgetown initiated a study of Austin Avenue from Morrow Street to Third Street including the two bridges crossing the San Gabriel River. The bridges were constructed in 1939 and deteriorated over time and with increased traffic in the area. This study will evaluate a range of both short and long term solutions for Austin Avenue while balancing considerations such as safety, mobility, public input, impacts to property owners, and cost.

Schedule

The project schedule has been extended to allow for additional opportunities for public input and to accommodate additional steps involved with the environmental review process. The City now anticipates this project will take 18 to 24 months. Because the City is in the early stages of studying alternatives, and has not yet determined what the final solutions will be, there is no specific timeline for construction activities.

Dates Activity
Jan 2016Project Kick Off
Mar 2016Meeting with Property Owners
Mar 31, 2016Public Meeting 1 – Project Overview
June 29, 2016Visioning Workshop on Themes and Options
August 23, 2016Informal Meeting with Consulting Parties led by TxDOT 8-23-16
Fall 2016Workshop with Council on Environmental Review Process
Fall 2016Public Meeting 3 – Alternatives
Fall 2016/Early 2017Formal Consultation for Consulting Parties led by TxDOT
Winter 2016/2017Public Meeting 4 – Public Hearing
Winter 2017Recommendation of Proposed Solution and Environmental Documentation

*Community Meetings, Meetings with Affected Property Owners, and Project Updates will be available throughout the duration of the study process.

*Schedule is preliminary and may be adjusted based on environmental process and review.

Public Involvement

The City recognizes the importance of working closely with the community throughout this project to identify solutions the community values. Public input will be collected and incorporated in each phase of the study. The Public Involvement Plan for the project highlights that, to make participating in this study convenient, there are many opportunities to learn more and share input. The City and the project team will:

  • Share Updates – Project information and updates will be shared as they are available via email. To sign up, enter your email address into the sign up boxes to the left. You may unsubscribe at any time.
  • Hold Public Meetings – Meetings will be held to share information, collect input, and offer the opportunity for the City, project team, and the public a chance to work together. 4 meetings are planned and details will be shared as they are confirmed.
  • Meet with Stakeholders – As needed the project team will meet with stakeholders and affected property owners. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a call or meeting with the property team.
  • Attend Community Meetings – The team will attend events and meetings in the community. We can share a quick update, set up booths, or give a detailed presentation. If you have a group that is interested in a presentation or update, please contact us.

Input and feedback will be collected as we work with the public and then incorporated into the study.

Project History

1940 – The Austin Avenue bridges over the North San Gabriel River and South San Gabriel River are completed.

December 2013 – TxDOT conducted a regularly scheduled field investigation of the Austin Avenue Bridges (Bridge Inventory, Inspection and Appraisal Program). The Report recommended “A Load Posting with Gross Weight Limit = 48,000 lbs (Tandem Axle Weight Limit of 21,000 lbs).” The report also stated, “Those structures included in the list should be repaired as soon as maintenance funds are available within the County’s normal maintenance program.”

March 2014 – The City engaged Aguirre & Fields to conduct a bridge assessment. The findings of this assessment support finding options for either rehabilitation or replacement of the bridges and the City pursued outside funding to begin a study to identify alternative solutions, work through them to recommend a preferred solution, and document work to meet State and Federal requirements in planning for road and bridge improvements.

August 2014 – The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) awarded the City of Georgetown $1.3 million in Surface Transportation Metropolitan Mobility (STPMM) monies for construction

October 2015 – The City initiated a forensic testing of the bridge structures by an independent consultant including historic document review, field investigation, destructive testing, lab testing, and summary reporting.

January 2016 – A forensic assessment of the bridges indicated the bridges have adequate structural integrity for load restricted usage, but will continue to deteriorate and present a safety concern for falling debris hazards. Additionally, the assessment indicated the load rating warrants further consideration and provided recommendations and considerations for maintenance, repair, and replacement. Aguirre & Fields begins the study to evaluate alternatives, conduct public involvement, and document environmental studies.

Contact Information

City staff and the project team are always available to visit about the project. Please call or email with any questions or comments. In addition, we are happy to set up individual meetings or make presentations at community meeting. Please let us know if you have any meeting requests.

Please contact us at any time!
City of Georgetown Project Manager: Nathaniel Waggoner
Email: AustinAve@georgetown.org
Phone: (512) 930-8171
Updates: Updates will be shared throughout the project as new information is available and to share meeting details. If you are interested in receiving these, please complete the form on the left. Your contact information will not be shared and you may unsubscribe at any time.