A new Texas Department of Transportation project aimed at improving eastside mall traffic will get started with the New Year.
The Braided Ramps project on Interstate 10 westbound from Viscount to Airway will improve capacity, operation, circulation and safety along I-10.
“This construction is another component of our operational improvements along IH-10,” said TxDOT District Engineer Bob Bielek, DPA, P.E. “These particular improvements are significant in making access to highly trafficked shopping areas safer.”
Construction crews working on the $16 million-dollar project will start work after the holiday season on January 2, 2018 and will continue until November.
The proposed project includes: ramp reconfigurations and frontage road improvements; intersection improvements at Airway Boulevard, Hawkins Boulevard, and Viscount Boulevard; conversion of westbound entrance and exit ramps between Hawkins and Viscount boulevards to braided ramps and the addition of an auxiliary lane to westbound I-10 main lanes between Airway and Viscount boulevards.
The project also includes new pavement markings, signs, illumination and computerized transportation management system.
Impact on traffic is expected to be minimal as the work will be in progress behind barriers in the area.
TxDoT officials ask that motorists “take extra caution around work crews and be aware the shoulder on the road will not be accessible for the duration of the project.”
All proposed work is anticipated to occur within the existing TxDoT right of way and would not result in commercial or residential displacements.