Shoal Creek Conservancy is spearheading the restoration of the historic West 6th Street Bridge over Shoal Creek. Built by hand in 1887, the triple-arched limestone bridge is located just steps east of the intersection of Lamar Boulevard and West 6th Street. The bridge predates the Texas Capitol Building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a City of Austin local historic landmark.
The bridge today remains in use but in desperate need of rehabilitation and tribute to its distinct history. In 2015, SCC commissioned the 1887 West Sixth Street Bridge at Shoal Creek Restoration Study, a roadmap for rehabilitation of the bridge. The study revealed critical structural issues and resulted in emergency repair work by the City of Austin. Although the repairs addressed immediate safety concerns, further repairs are needed to ensure the bridge’s long-term structural integrity. Landscaping, lighting, and other amenities are also needed to enhance safety and complete the bridge as a community meeting point.
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