AUSTIN, Texas — Drivers in South Austin will soon notice some changes.
Starting Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day, two of the six lanes on West William Cannon Drive will be closed between Menchaca Road and Woodhue Drive. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of the street.
Crews will work until November to stabilize retaining walls on a bridge that goes over a railroad. They will install more than 500 soil nails into the bridge’s retaining walls before adding a new layer of concrete to each wall.
City of Austin staff say this work will help stabilize the sediment beneath the roadway, keeping it safe for decades to come.
Crews will work on the south side of the bridge between mid-May and early July, followed by the north side of the bridge between early July and mid-August. Additional work on the surface of the road will be completed from August to November. That timeline is subject to changes, depending on weather or other circumstances, the City said.
Residents nearby should expect to see heavy equipment, hear construction noise and feel vibrations near the work zone. Crews are scheduled to work six days a week – Monday through Saturday – for approximately 10 hours a day.
“We thank the public for their patience and understanding during this important safety project,” the City said.
The project will cost about $4 million.
The public is reminded to keep crews safe by traveling slowly and cautiously through work zones. Follow all traffic control signs when passing through the area.