A project to repair part of Interstate 45 near Tiki Island might be finished earlier than expected, despite bad weather bringing construction crews to a halt in early January, state transportation officials said.
Construction crews late Tuesday moved work from the left lane and shoulder on the northbound side of I-45 to the right lane and shoulder between Tiki Island and Bayou Vista, said Danny Perez, spokesman for the department.
The plan is to have the work done by early March before spring break, Perez said. A previous estimate put the completion date in late March or early April.
“The original plan called for a material that would have taken more time to prep, overlay and cure,” Perez said. “However, we have moved to a material that would resurface the roadway in a shorter time span.”
The news is the latest development in a project that began in December with major backups on the causeway and led to annoyed drivers.
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.
Work on the far left lanes was initially planned to conclude in mid-January, but officials early that month pushed back the timeline to late January or early February because recent bad weather had stopped work on the project.
Officials in early January said the plan after the weather delays was to have the work complete by late March or early April, but that timeline has since been pushed forward, Perez said.
City of Galveston officials have earlier expressed concern about traffic during Mardi Gras, which begins this weekend.