LAREDO – Weather permitting on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, starting at 9 p.m., the FM 1472 (Mines Road) Added Northbound (only) Lane Project begins officially in northwest Laredo. Contractor Anderson Columbia Inc. will be placing traffic barrels and low profile concrete traffic barriers (CTBs) between Killam Industrial Boulevard/River Bank Road to 0.3 mile north of A. F. Muller Memorial Boulevard, the limits of the project. The $4.5 million project to add an additional northbound lane (only) between the project limits will be under construction for a duration of 7 months. Heavy truck and traffic loads indicate the need for an additional travel lane.
Traffic Impact, Work, Hours and Project Plan
Initially, there will be minimal impacts to the traveling public northbound during daytime hours for at least the first two to three months with the exception of a north-to-south turnaround closure between Killam Industrial Boulevard/River Bank Road and Interamerica Boulevard, and a nighttime reduction from two to one lanes northbound during this phase in order to facilitate construction work in the center median of FM 1472. Traffic will resume to two lanes in each direction during daytime hours.
During night work, the contractor will be removing part of the center concrete island to allow for the beginning of the added northbound lane. Relocation of an ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) camera pole in the area will also be conducted during this initial phase.
The overall plan for this project will be to
Motorists should drive slowly and cautiously, and prepare to merge to open lane(s) during nighttime hours. Speed limit in work zones is 45 miles per hour.
The traveling public should approach this work zone with caution and adhere to all safety signs and traffic control devices while looking out for the safety of construction crews.
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