Shoal Creek Conservancy is spearheading restoration of the historic West 6th Street Bridge over Shoal Creek. The bridge is located in the heart of Austin, just steps east of the intersection of Lamar Boulevard and West 6th Street. Built by hand in 1887, the triple-arched limestone bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as a result of Conservancy advocacy. Surviving 130 years of wear and tear, the bridge today remains in use, but in desperate need of rehabilitation and tribute to its distinct history. As Austin grows, car, truck, bike and foot traffic have increased over the bridge deck, giving rise to concerns about the structural integrity of the bridge. In its current state, flood risk further threatens the longevity of the bridge.
In 2015, the Conservancy 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. The repairs addressed immediate safety concerns, but certain repairs are still needed to support increased traffic on the bridge deck and ensure the long-term integrity of the bridge. Landscaping, lighting and other amenities are also needed to complete the bridge as a community meeting point.
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