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Building Austin's New Central Library Takes 1,000 Concrete Trucks. They're All Coming This Weekend.

Here's a reason to avoid the Seaholm area near Cesar Chavez Street tonight: over 1,000 concrete trucks from Austin and surrounding cities constantly rotating through the area for over 24 hours.

The City of Austin is building a new central library at 701 W. Cesar Chavez, near the former Seaholm power plant. Tonight, construction crews are putting in a five-foot deep concrete slab to create the building’s foundation. That’s a big project – requiring a total of 1,020 concrete trucks.

Photos shared on the Austin subreddit (and seen above) also convey the enormity of the job. Shared by a production designer for the structural engineering firm working on the project, they show a sea of rebar ready to be filled with concrete.

It's a fair bet there will be some delays in the area. While no lane or road closures are foreseen at this time, southbound traffic on West Avenue and westbound traffic on Cesar Chavez Street will be affected. 

The pour starts tonight at 10 o'clock and should end Saturday at 10 p.m. Austin's new central library is expected to be completed by 2016.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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