Sylvan Avenue Bridge won’t open in January as expected

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The Sylvan Avenue Bridge project has fallen behind schedule, according to a memo sent out to the transportation committee this morning.

Editor Rachel Stone reported a few weeks ago that the new $42.3 million bridge was expected to open by early 2014.

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Now, as assistant city attorney Jill Jordan writes in the memo, TXDOT says the contractor for the project will not meet the goal of a partial opening in January and that,”This partial opening had been scheduled ahead of the 15-month deadline to re-open Sylvan or face up to $10,000 per day fines.”

The transportation committee is expected to discuss the issue today, and TXDOT will continue to work the contractor over the next several weeks and present updates on when Sylvan Avenue could re-open.

The project involves turning the bridge into six lanes instead of four with 6-foot sidewalks and bike lanes while also making the bridge passable in high water.

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