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Posted on: April 7, 2022

Reconstructed North 18th Street bridge is now open

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The City of Abilene is pleased to share that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has completed the reconstruction of the North 18th Street bridge, and the bridge is now open to traffic.

The North 18th Street bridge over Catclaw Creek was first closed to traffic in February of 2020 after the bridge was deemed unsafe to cross. The City of Abilene coordinated with TxDOT to identify and address the issues at hand.

In January of 2021, it was determined repairs made to the North 18th Street bridge would not slow or remedy its deterioration and a full reconstruction was necessary. The bridge remained closed as TxDOT began the redesign process.

By November of 2021, TxDOT completed its redesign of the bridge, and the contractor began reconstruction of the bridge.

TxDOT has notified the City of Abilene that reconstruction of the North 18th Street bridge is complete, with some minor work to finish around the bridge. Moving forward, the City of Abilene will have the responsibility of maintaining the bridge.

The City of Abilene contributed $160,000 of TxDOT’s total $1.6 million cost of reconstructing the North 18th Street bridge. 

The City of Abilene would like to thank area drivers and surrounding property owners for their patience and cooperation during this process. If you have any questions or concerns about the North 18th bridge project, contact City of Abilene Public Works Department at 325.676.6281.

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