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Lake LBJ Refill Causes Fear for Some Over What Lies Beneath the Water

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“It’s just that no one has been able to go up and down the entire length of the river on an individual basis to find out where hazards might be or where they are,” Shaw told kxan.com. The adverse impact that repair and reconstruction efforts have had on the local economy has been compounded by the bridge closure, with some businesses reporting at least a 30 percent drop as compared to prior years. However, safety is of the highest concern, as any incidents could result in a negative chain reaction throughout the community.

Lake LBJ Refill Causes Fear for Some Over What Lies Beneath the Water

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In the meantime, as Lake LBJ levels rise, the Texas Department of Transportation plans to conduct debris removal along the shoreline as well as places where it’s been noted that pieces of the Ranch Road 2900 bridge have been seen under the water. Their crews will be working with the LCRA in that respect. Terry McCoy, District Engineer for TxDOT Austin, told kxan.com that the refill of Lake LBJ is what will make it possible for them to remove debris along the shoreline, since their barges and cranes require more water in order to do the job. It’s also the intent of the crews to open the new RM 2900 bridge by April, including a nearby boat lane to allow for boaters to maneuver through construction. At present, since debris and divers could be present, boaters are being asked to avoid the area. The hope is that the cleanup and construction will once again boost the local economy, but that the process doesn’t result in anyone getting injured on debris still submerged in the water.

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