All four lanes of the JFK Causeway bridge are re-opening this week as another phase of the bridge’s $9 million maintenance project wraps up ahead of schedule, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Earlier, the four-lane roadway temporarily was narrowed to two lanes of traffic so the work could take place.
Crews on Monday, May 9, began moving the median barrier that separates traffic to the center of the bridge, which will allow two lanes of traffic to resume in the westbound and eastbound directions, according to a news release issued by TxDOT. The next step was to be re-striping the lanes.
All work associated with setting up the new traffic pattern was expected to be finished by the end of the week, weather permitting.
TxDOT assured the public that all four lanes of traffic would be open for the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21.
“The better news now, however, is that all four lanes of the bridge will remain open until Dec. 1, which is the end of hurricane season,” the release said. “The original schedule called for the travel lanes to be reduced to one lane in each direction after the marathon until the beginning of hurricane season on June 1.”
When the four-lane traffic pattern resumes, the contractor’s schedule allows brief, intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. between May and December. TxDOT is asking that motorists slow down in the work zone and follow traffic control devices during that time.
With the reopening of all four lanes on the bridge until Dec. 1, the project now is in its second phase. For the project’s final phase, the traffic pattern will revert to one lane in each direction in early December this year through summer 2023, when the project is estimated to be finished.