Lamar Boulevard Bridge

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Lamar Boulevard Bridge
Lamar Bridge 2007.jpg
The Lamar Boulevard Bridge in 2007
Location Loop 343 (Lamar Boulevard), Austin, Texas, USA
Coordinates 30°15′56″N 97°45′23″W / 30.26556°N 97.75639°W / 30.26556; -97.75639Coordinates: 30°15′56″N 97°45′23″W / 30.26556°N 97.75639°W / 30.26556; -97.75639
Built 1942
Architect Cage Brothers and L. A. Turner
Governing body

State

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NRHP Reference # 94000678
Added to NRHP July 7, 1994

The Lamar Boulevard Bridge is a historic bridge carrying Texas State Highway Loop 343 (Lamar Boulevard) over Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas, United States. The bridge features six open spandrel concrete arches and carries thousands of vehicles daily across the river.[2] Completed in 1942, the Lamar Boulevard Bridge was the second permanent bridge to cross the Colorado River after the Congress Avenue Bridge. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 7, 1994.[3]

The Lamar Boulevard bridge that crosses Lady Bird Lake exceeds acceptable daily traffic volumes by more than double, according to a study by the Downtown Austin Alliance. The bridge allows for about 20,000 cars per day, but currently nearly 45,000 vehicles use the bridge everyday.[4]

In the late 20th century, the bridge was notorious for road accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians. The problem was remedied in 2001, when the James D. Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge opened 200 feet (61 m) to the east of the Lamar bridge.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Historic Bridge Foundation - Lamar Boulevard Bridge
  3. ^ "Lamar Boulevard Bridge - Austin". Texas State Historical Commission. 
  4. ^ Wise, Jarrod (Sep 22, 2010). "Study: Lamar bridge exceeds traffic volumes". KXAN.com. Retrieved Nov 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ The Daily Texan - Pedestrian bridge opens in central Austin

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