It's the first time anyone in Waco has seen a project like this.
"It's a type [of bridge] that we've never built in Texas before," says Jodi Wheatley with the Texas Department of Transportation.
The extradosed bridges, whose construction is on schedule, cross Waco's Brazos River and are a mix between cable-stayed bridges, similar to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and girder bridges, like the ones used for elevated highway roads. When complete, they'll give Waco drivers another way to cross the river.
"Up until now we haven't had access roads,” Wheatley says. “In order to cross the river you had to get up onto the main lanes and get off again."
The bridges will be 650 feet long and more than 200 feet wide. With that kind of space, officials hope the bridge will help decongest one of the state's busiest highways.
"If there's a problem, like there's a wreck in the vicinity, there's nowhere to go,” Wheatley says. “There's nowhere for traffic to go, and it has to sit there until we can get the wreck cleared."
While the new bridges are a sign of Waco's progress, businesses in the area, like Buzzard Billy's on the Brazos River, have seen sales decline. Customers looking for the familiar restaurant now have to drive right next to the construction.
"It's actually affected it quite a bit just because of the concerns of people traveling and driving through a construction zone," says Tracy Maughan, Buzzard Billy's operating partner.
But he says he can see how the bridges will help put local residents' minds at ease on their way home.
"It's going to make it a lot safer because there was really a mix matcher with people coming across that bridge,” Maughan says. “It's quite a dangerous area."
And along with a safer drive, the bridge will give residents a new way to appreciate their city.
"These bridges have built-in accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists,” Wheatley says. “So that is going to be a nice place to walk and a safe place to walk."