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Work on SPID Ramp Reversal Project picks up again

Posted at 12:03 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 01:05:28-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Road crews are once again working on the SPID Ramp Reversal Project. The Texas Department of Transportation says the project along SPID was put on hold during the Labor Day weekend.

Read more: SPID Ramp Reversal Project is on track says TxDOT

Crews have begun work again and will have the eastbound frontage road down to one lane in various locations between Kostoryz and Airline Road. That work will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for the remainder of the work week.

What is the SPID Ramp Reversal Project?

To improve safety and mobility on SPID, the 15-mile project will reconstruct several eastbound entrances and exit ramps between Ayers Street and Nile Drive. Other improvements will be made such as improving Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) along the entire corridor to provide drivers and emergency responders with accurate, up-to-the-minute traffic information. The project will add new sidewalks between Ayers Street and Nile Drive to improve safety and access for pedestrians and bicyclists. And lighting and median barriers will be upgraded.

Construction on the project began in January 2018. The project is being constructed in ten phases. The contractor is currently working on Phase 2 and Phase 3 activities as follows:

Phase 2
· Replacing off-ramps from the eastbound mainlanes to Kostoryz Road and Carroll Lane.
· Widening the eastbound frontage road pavement and constructing sidewalks in segments between Kostoryz Road and Airline Road.
· Estimated completion: late Summer 2019.

Phase 3
· Widening eastbound mainlane bridges to four lanes at Kostoryz Road and Carroll Lane.
· Relocating the eastbound mainlane off-ramp to Weber Road.
· Widening eastbound mainlane pavement between Everhart Road and S. Staples Street.
· Reconstructing eastbound mainlane and frontage road medians between Everhart Road and South Staples Street.
· Continued widening of eastbound pavement and sidewalk construction.
· Estimated completion: early 2020.

TxDOT reminds everyone to drive safely and with caution around construction.