Interstate 10 expansion underway from Highway 73 to Hamshire Road

This is the first phase of a four-part project to expand Interstate 10 to 3 lanes from Winnie to Beaumont eastbound and westbound

WINNIE - Many drivers can expect a lot more construction on this stretch of Interstate 10.

The Texas Department of Transportation is beginning to widen the highway from two to three lanes on the eastbound and westbound sides.

Homer Trlica has lived in Galveston for 15 years but takes Interstate 10 often for trips.

He says his commute on the highway can be hectic.

"It's crazy sometimes you know people are always in a hurry and with it being two lanes and small you know you got people driving fast who cut people off and that causes wrecks," Trlica said.

Trlica hopes the added lanes can cut down on congestion.

TxDOT’s long term goal is to widen the entire stretch of I-10 from Winnie to Beaumont, but will start with the six mile stretch linking Highway 73 to Hamshire road.

Sarah Dupre with the Texas Department of Transportation says any lane closures will take place overnight.

"We've been working to get this project going for a while now, and drivers should not have to worry about any daytime closures on this section," Dupre said.

Trlica knows the construction can cause headaches for drivers, but one extra lane will be beneficial for the long haul.

"With the construction we'll have to be more cautious, you know because people like to look at construction and what's going on and they won't see what's going on in front of them," Trlica said.

The project will cost $43 million and is expected to be completed in 2020. 

The median will be removed to add the extra lanes. Williams Brothers Construction will lead the project.

There is no estimated date for when the length of I-10 between Winnie and Beaumont will be completed.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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