Drivers traveling to the mainland from the island should have shorter commutes after the state’s transportation agency reopened the third lane of Interstate 45 on Thursday between the bridge and the Tiki Island exit.
Construction is wrapping up on a project to repair the interstate along the bridge to Tiki Island, said Danny Perez, a spokesman for Texas Department of Transportation. On Thursday, the department reopened the third lane of traffic during the day, Perez said.
At night, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., the third lane will be closed for the coming days as construction crews finish the work, he said.
The project was originally expected to go through late March, but the department bumped up the timeline ahead of the busy spring break season, Perez said.
“We were working with the contractor and being mindful of the folks that use that particular roadway to minimize impact,” Perez said.
The project began in December with major backups on the causeway that led to annoyed drivers.
The total cost of the project was not yet available, Perez said. The department had hired Durwood Greene Construction Co. for the work, he said.
“We certainly anticipate to see some savings from this project getting completed sooner than later,” Perez said. “However, we do not have specific numbers at this time.”
Construction crews began the project by shutting down the left two lanes of a freeway overpass near Tiki Island, while keeping two right lanes open.
Crews also removed the top layer of pavement in the far right lane of the overpass. The work is part of a repair project on the bridge deck and expansion joints of the overpass, Perez said.
The next construction project along Interstate 45 in Galveston County will be widening the roadway between FM 1764 in Texas City south to the causeway, Perez said. The first phases of that work will likely begin next year, he said.