Montopolis Bridge will be outfitted with bike, pedestrian lanes

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The largest transportation project in Central Texas since State Highway 130 will break ground next week. The 183 South project will not only bring toll lanes along the roadway from Highway 290 to State Highway 71, but the Montopolis Bridge will be converted into a new bike and pedestrian bridge.

In addition to converting the Montopolis Bridge, there will be new pedestrian bridges built to cross over U.S. 183 at Manor Road/Springdale Road, 51st Street and Bolm Road and two pedestrian bridges over Boggy Creek. Paths for cyclists and pedestrians to share will run along the northbound side of U.S. 183. Bicycle-only lanes will be added along both the north and south bound sides of the highway along the frontage roads.

Morris Goman has lived in Austin for 20 years and uses his bike as main mode of transportation around town. He feels that once traffic is off the Montopolis Bridge, it’ll be even more fun to ride.

“I like it the way it is now, any improvement would really be really nice.”

The 183 South project is expected to cost nearly $750 million and $25 million of that will go towards making the area more bike and pedestrian friendly. Construction on the project is expected to be finished in 2020.

Montopolis Bridge (KXAN Photo)

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