Demolition Of Colorado River Bridge To Require Major Traffic Switch

Austin, Texas — Beginning as early as July 20*, all northbound US 183 traffic will shift onto a new bridge over the Colorado River to accommodate demolition and reconstruction of the existing northbound bridge.

The work will require a long-term closure of the northbound exit to Airport Boulevard, 7th Street, 5th Street, and East Cesar Chavez Street.

Northbound US 183 drivers wishing to reach those roads will continue north on US 183 to a U-turn located near Bolm Road.

After taking the U-turn and entering southbound US 183, they will exit at Levander Loop to access Airport Boulevard and the other downtown routes. In addition to this detour, a number of other travel routes will be impacted.

  • Northbound drivers wishing to access Montopolis Drive will be routed across the Colorado River and through a U-turn at Bolm Road. They will then take southbound US 183 back across the Colorado River to Montopolis Drive.
  • Direct access to Montopolis Drive from southbound US 183 will be restored. Vargas Road will remain closed with traffic detoured onto Montopolis Drive.
  • Drivers on Montopolis Drive wishing to access northbound US 183 will first turn right and go south on US 183 to a U-turn located at Vargas Road.
  • Hergotz Lane will be closed at US 183 with traffic detoured to Thompson Lane.
  • The Montopolis truss bridge will remain open to pedestrians, with limited access during lead paint abatement.

To Airport Boulevard northbound:

  • From US 183 northbound, take the Bolm Road north to south U-turn
  • Exit right onto Levander Loop
  • At the intersection of Levander Loop and Airport Boulevard, turn right onto Airport Boulevard northbound

To Cesar Chavez Street/ 5th Street/7th Street westbound:

  • From US 183 northbound, take the Bolm Road north to south U-turn
  • At the intersection of Levander Loop and Airport Boulevard, turn left and follow the Cesar Chavez Street/5th Street/7th Street/Airport Boulevard signed detour route

To Montopolis Drive:

  • Take US 183 north across the Colorado River and use the Bolm Road north to south U-turn
  • Continue onto southbound US 183 across the Colorado River
  • Turn right onto Montopolis Drive after Crossing the Colorado River

To Hergotz Lane:

From US 183 northbound, turn right on Thompson Lane and proceed to Hergotz Lane

To Downtown

  • From north of the Colorado River using US 183 Southbound
    • From US 183 southbound, turn right onto Bolm Road
    • Turn left onto Airport Boulevard
    • Turn right onto Shady Lane
    • Turn right at 7th Street, 5th Street, or Cesar Chaves Street to head toward downtown Austin.
  • From south of the Colorado River using US 183 Northbound
    • On US 183 northbound, continue past the Colorado River and Techni Center Drive and exit to MLK Blvd/FM 969
    • At the traffic signal, turn left to go westbound on MLK Blvd.
    • Use connections to Airport Blvd, Springdale Road, or IH-35 to access downtown Austin.

To Montopolis Drive via US 183 Northbound:

  • From US 183 northbound, take SH 71 westbound.
  • Exit for Riverside Drive or Montopolis Drive and turn right to access the neighborhood.

You can contact Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Via the 24/7 bilingual project hotline (512) 640-0060 or toll free at 1-855-245-4272 or on their website at for comprehensive project information.

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