The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) says they will be taking down the northbound lanes of the U.S.-59 overpass crossing Interstate 20 in Marshall on Jan. 9.
To prepare for the construction, traffic over the bridge is tentatively scheduled to be restricted to one lane in each direction this week.
“The northbound lanes will be taken down piece by piece and then new lanes will be built,” TXDOT Marshall Area Engineer Wendy Starkes said. “As that work is being done, U.S.-59 traffic will use the southbound lanes over Interstate 20 and be restricted to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane during that time.”
Demolition work on the bridge is expected to take place at around 8:00 p.m. Jan. 9 until about 7:00 a.m. Jan. 10. During that time, I-20 traffic in both directions will be diverted onto the U.S.-59 exit ramps in Marshall. From there, traffic can cross U.S.-59 and then reenter the interstate.
The project will have two phases. New northbound lanes will be constructed first, then new southbound lanes will be constructed during the second phase. U.S.-59 traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane for both phases.
The project is expected to be complete in about 28 months and will raise the new overpass about three feet for more than 19 feet of clearance over I-20.