TxDoT: Bicyclists reminded of Transmountain Closure

Bicyclists who regularly ride Transmountain need to find alternate routes while nine miles of the roadway undergoes rehabilitation from 0.4 miles west of Resler to .055 miles west of US 54.

While construction limits are marked, crews continue to see bicyclists ride through the construction zone.

The project, now in progress, includes more than six miles of pavement rehabilitation and nearly 10 miles of cable barrier and guardrail.

During the work, traffic will be down to one lane for two-mile stretches at a time in both directions. Drivers are using, and will use, temporary crossovers.

Currently, traffic is down to one lane from Tom Mays Park to the picnic area.  Workers are installing metal beam guard fence then will begin milling the roadway. The bike lane is closed and will remain closed for more than a year.

With the weather warming up, more people may be riding their bikes. Cyclists are reminded to avoid construction zones and review bicycle safety tips and regulations before heading out.

Transmountain Road, first opened August 5, 1969, is the largest excavation project ever undertaken by the Highway Department.

Crews blasted, clawed, scraped, hauled, dumped, shoveled and rolled more than 4.5 million cubic yards of excavation for 7.5 miles through the mountains. It was, and remains, one of the most scenic roadways in the state.

Construction is expected to take more than a year and be completed by fall 2021.