TxDOT starts work Monday on Harvey Mitchell-University Drive interchange project
The Texas Department of Transportation begins work Monday on the reconstruction of the bridge and intersections at University Drive (FM60) and Harvey Mitchell Parkway (FM2818). The project will address congestion and improve safety at the intersections and the entrance and exit ramps.
The $13.8 million project is expected to take about 25 months to complete and will result in the third Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) in Texas. The others DDIs in Texas are on I-35 in Round Rock and San Marcos.
University Drive closed during spring break
University Drive from Research Parkway to Turkey Creek Road will be completely closed from midnight Friday, March 10, until 6 a.m. Monday, March 20, to allow for full-depth pavement reconstruction. To reach Easterwood Airport’s main terminal, motorists should access Turkey Creek Road from HSC Parkway or F&B Road.
“The depth of the excavation and the allowable space across the bridge — in addition to the multiple interchanges in the area — would make it very difficult to safely construct with adjacent vehicles at highway speeds,” TxDOT’s Bob Colwell said. “The alternative is several weeks of nighttime closures that would result in higher project cost and more traveler delays.
“While inconvenient to drivers, the short-term closure during spring break will allow our contractor to reconstruct the pavement more efficiently while providing added protection for drivers and the worker. We thank everyone for their patience.”
Here’s TxDOT’s video simulation that illustrates how the new interchange will work:
Suggested Detour Routes:
- Normal Westbound FM60
- Westbound FM60
- Normal Eastbound FM60
- Eastbound FM 60 Route
- Normal Northbound FM 2818 to Westbound FM 60
- Northbound FM 2818 to Westbound FM 60
- Normal Northbound FM 2818 to Eastbound FM 60
- Northbound FM 2818 to Eastbound FM 60
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