Denison Viaduct opens; residents relieved

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DENISON, TX -- Getting around Denison just got a little easier. After nearly two years, TXDOT has partially re-opened the viaduct. Denison drivers will now have an easier ride.

"After watching the ribbon cutting, I got in my car and went over the bridge!" resident Mary Karam said.

Drivers can now use both sides of the viaduct, and what was once a stop and go light, is functioning normally now.

"It's really cool because now I can probably save about five to ten minutes getting to work," resident Dave Darilek said.

TXDOT deemed the Austin Avenue Viaduct structurally deficient in 2011, and crews began working to bring the bridge into the 21st century. Now, the agency says the $8 million bridge is near completion.
All they have to do is add 20 historic lights that will line the bridge, and some other minor work.

"It'll be on a one lane traffic till we complete the median work, and then both lanes should be open probably in a month's time," TXDOT official, Noel Paramanatham said.

Chamber of Commerce President, Anna McKinney, says the new bridge will alleviate traffic.

"For special events, when we have them, this is really going to be nice that it's back open because we have so many people come in," she said.

To eliminate traffic build up to Munson stadium -- just to the west of the bridge -- TXDOT increased the left hand turn lane to 1,000 feet.

"We had a lot of people calling, 'when is it gonna open?' And now we can say it's open, go enjoy," McKinney said.

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