MLK LANE REDUCTION
Construction Requires Extended Lane Reduction on FM 969 (MLK Blvd.)
Beginning on Friday, February 3, 2017, and continuing for approximately six months, FM 969 (East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.) will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Tannehill Lane and Regency Drive at the US 183 interchange.
The lane reduction is necessary to accommodate construction of a new wider bridge at US 183, as part of the 183 South project. Initially, the lane reduction will involve restriping FM 969 (MLK Blvd.) so westbound traffic can be moved over to one of the two eastbound lanes. Once a portion of the new bridge is completed, traffic in both directions will be detoured onto the new bridge so demolition of the old bridge can take place, and the remainder of the new bridge can be constructed.
During this phase of the project drivers passing through this interchange may experience increased travel delays.
UPDATE 2/22/2017: Please check out our alternative routes map below.
UPDATE 2/8/2017: We do apologize for the inconvenience to our neighbors, businesses, and commuters; we certainly regret the delays that the work causes. If the work goes smooth and the weather is favorable, the four lanes should be restored sometime this summer.
Our team is monitoring the situation and looking for opportunities to adjust signal timing and improve traffic flow. We would anticipate that there will also be some improvement in traffic flow in the coming days/weeks as people adjust to the current conditions. It is extremely difficult to keep traffic flowing as usual while reconstructing and expanding a major highway like US 183, but we are trying to minimize the pain, and as we planned for the construction of 183 South, we tried to mitigate impacts where possible. We placed restrictions on when the construction contractor could do certain work and for how long the work could take.
When the 183 South project is complete, congestion will be virtually eliminated for drivers. In the meantime, we will do our best to expedite completion of this element of the project.