Following a delay due to the rainstorms last week, the Texas Department of Transportation has begun the long-anticipated expansion of Interstate 10 from west of FM 3538 to east of Brazos River by converting the frontage roads to one-way streets.
TxDOT plans to begin the project by converting the existing two-way frontage roads from the Brazos River bridge to US 90 (Koy Underpass Road) to one-way frontage roads. The purpose of the conversion is to enable the contractor to begin reconstructing the new frontage roads in half widths. The duration of the frontage road conversion is expected to be complete by the end of the week.
According to TxDOT, the expansion project includes increasing main lane capacity, constructing continuous frontage roads, reconstructing bridge and drainage structures, increased safety lighting, upgrading traffic signals, and improvements to traffic guidance signs and pavement markings.
Webber, LLC, of The Woodlands was awarded the contract for the construction project with a bid of $280 million.
Motorists should expect possible traffic delays, are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone and should keep the following tips in mind:
· Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
· Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
· Be patient. Delays from roadway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
The project’s completion date is scheduled for spring 2022.