Beat the Traffic: I-10 Construction Q&A
Posted on April 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM
If you drive along I-10, especially in the downtown area, you are used to sitting in traffic. Many of you have emailed me with questions about the ongoing roadwork at I-10, near I-45 and US-59. I went out to the job site to get your most frequently-asked questions answered:
When will the construction end?
Partial closures of I-10 will last through February of 2011.
What is the purpose of the construction?
TxDOT is completely rehabilitating the freeway (including entrance/exit ramps and interchanges) at I-10 near I-45 and US-59. The concrete was beyond repair, so workers are building a new pavement structure.
What are the penalties for getting pulled over in a construction zone?
Fines double in construction zones when workers are present.
Why are there so many closures at the same time?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus bill) awarded millions of dollars to help fix freeways. As a condition, local transportation departments had to meet specific deadlines for awarding contracts. In order to take advantage of all of the funding, TxDOT began work on several locations.