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New overpass in Bastrop cuts down traffic on Hwy 71

City, county and state officials celebrated the opening of the new overpass in Bastrop, but not all local drivers are happy.

TxDOT held the official ribbon cutting for the overpass Friday morning. The bridge on Hwy 71 goes over Hwy 95, taking away a stop light for highway traffic going between Houston and Austin.

“We’ve been waiting for this about a hundred years actually,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said.

Pape said that’s the busiest intersection in the county. In the past, traffic could back up for miles, especially the day before Texas A&M home football games.

“If you lived in the city of Bastrop, you knew you don’t go west of the river because it’s going to take you forever to get back. Now it doesn’t even back up,” Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder said.

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