The 183 South Project involves constructing a new tolled expressway with three lanes in each direction in middle of an 8-mile section US 183 between US 290 and SH 71. The project includes new non-tolled general purpose lanes and direct connection ramps between the tolled expressway and SH 71. As part of the design of the SH 71 ramps, the construction contractor, Colorado River Constructors, recommended the closure and relocation of the westbound to eastbound u-turn, or turnaround, on SH 71 at the intersection with US 183 near The Parking Spot and Gatti’s Pizza. The closure will enhance safety and traffic flow on SH 71. Traffic would instead be routed to the recently completed u-turn at Riverside Drive.
A neighborhood meeting was held August 3rd, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm to present this proposal to the community. Six members of the public attended; no opposition to the proposal was given.
Colorado River Constructors’ recommendation has been formally approved by the Texas Department of Transportation, and the permanent closure took place Monday, June 26, 2017, at 9 am.