UPCOMING MLK ACCESS CHANGES
Major upcoming activity at MLK Blvd.:
As work progresses, construction in May/June will further restrict access between US 183 and FM 969 (MLK Blvd.). As crews widen FM 969 (MLK Blvd.) and grade the intersection to pave the approaches to the new bridge over US 183, they will have to temporarily close a portion of the southbound US 183 exit ramp and a portion of the entrance ramp to northbound US 183. Signed detours will be in place to help drivers navigate around the closures and the project website will provide up to date information. The following are the routes that will be impacted by the closure:
Drivers exiting southbound US 183 at FM 969 (MLK Blvd.) will be unable to pass straight through the intersection and re-enter southbound US 183. They will also be unable to turn left onto eastbound FM 969 (MLK Blvd.).
Drivers heading east on FM 969 (MLK Blvd.) will be unable to turn left to enter northbound US 183.
Drivers exiting northbound US 183 at FM 969 (MLK Blvd.) will be unable to travel straight north through the intersection to re-enter northbound US 183.
These additional closures are expected to last approximately two weeks, and the team will provide additional outreach to the community. Thank you for your continued patience!
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.