New Bridge Over Comanche Creek Opens in Mason
AUSTIN, TX When the Broad Street bridge opened in Mason, Texas, in 1918, it provided a safe and efficient trip across Comanche Creek. Now, 98 years later, a new bridge upstream is helping motorists get across the waterway.
Officials from TxDOT, Mason County and the city of Mason joined onlookers to cut the ribbon on the new Comanche Creek bridge along Spring Street to Balsam Street. The new structure is 155 feet long, 34 feet wide, and provides two 12-foot lanes with four-foot shoulders on either side. A Greater Austin Development Concrete Construction Company began work on the $1.2 million project in February 2016.
The old Broad Street bridge was 17 feet wide and carried only one lane of traffic at a time, with sidewalks. The historic span is being repaired and will serve as a pedestrian/bicycle crossing. It is the last concrete pony truss bridge in Texas. On a pony truss bridge, the top is not joined with cross braces. The bridge is also one of the few remaining bridges built by Alamo Construction Company.
"I'm excited to celebrate the opening of this new bridge to traffic, as it will serve the citizens of Mason for a long time," said Cathy Kratz, TxDOT Area Engineer. "And, I'm happy we're able to restore the Broad Street bridge for recreational use, as it's a piece of history not to be forgotten."