Arches Of New Butterfly Bridge Peak Over Construction

The new Butterfly Bridge will fly 33 feet into the air.

When traveling on Cesar Chavez Street you can just make out one of the two yellow arches for the new Butterfly Bridge.

The bridge will extend from Second Street over to Shoal Creek Boulevard helping drivers reach West Avenue from Neches Street. The bridge will fly 33 feet into the air and is intentionally angled. The work on the bridge is a part of the Second Street Extension Project; adding to the overall design of the redevelopment of the Seaholm Power Plant and addition of the Central Library. The entire Second Street extension project is around $29 million. A bridge over Shoal Creek at this location has been in development since 2007. Crews are planning to add the second yellow arch next week.

Heng Xiong works at the Seaholm Power and feels it’ll add to the Austin landscape, plus help him get to his favorite lunch spot faster. “Having this bridge over 2nd would help us cut down our commute to lunch everyday. Now we can come out of the building and directly go on 2nd street,” said Xiong.

David Duhon cycles this area frequently and had to come see the beginnings of the bridge for himself. “I think is beautiful, I’m excited for all of this. Out even realize they were putting up a bridge.”

The overall completion of the Central Library and Seaholm Power Plant is next summer. It is undetermined at this time in the roadway will open before then.

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