Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation provided this week a straightforward assessment of the Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive improvement project. TxDOT representatives said wet weather and issues with a subcontractor late this winter have delayed the completion of the $14.6 million project, which involves converting Medical Drive into an underpass. Upon completion, vehicles on Medical will not have to stop at traffic lights at the Fredericksburg intersection, a move designed to improve time for emergency personnel trying to get to and from the South Texas Medical Center.
The project began in 2013 and included last year the closure of Fredericksburg Road so that work crews could slide in a bridge deck. TxDOT officials have stated that aside from recent rainy weather, Texas Sterling Construction has “significantly outpaced the work of one of its subcontractors and had to pull some resources off the job. This issue has become a bigger issue since February and we are working toward a resolution.”
TxDOT representatives added they are hopeful of having traffic on the lower level through lanes of Medical Drive operating by mid-May. Between now and then, remaining work includes: concrete paving, installing a raised concrete median to divide the uphill and downhill traffic under Fredericksburg Road; and laying of asphalt to tie in the new through lanes with the existing lanes of Medical Drive.
According to TxDOT, aside from the paint job, the biggest challenge will be to get the traffic signal poles installed correctly. “This will resolve some of the issues we’re having with traffic at the intersection and has been prioritized for several months, but we are dependent on subcontractors to get the work done,” the blog stated.
Once signal poles are installed and signal heads are mounted on the mast arms, work crews will be able to work on curbs and sidewalks and pedestrian ramps across the intersection.