Check out this photo taken Monday showing the results of the traffic switch that happened during the weekend. With the vantage point looking west from the Rosser bridge, you can see where the eastbound I-635 lanes have been straightened out from its once-curved configuration.
Taken Mon. Sept 15 – View from the Rosser Road I-635 overpass, looking west. Click image to view larger.
The traffic switch began Saturday evening and was completed around 10 AM on Sunday. It also re-opened the eastbound Webb Chapel on-ramp from its temporary closure earlier this year.
Compare this photo to the before and after exhibits in our previous post, Say Hello to More New Lanes.
Demo of the old lanes should start this week, weather permitting.
Newly-constructed general purpose lanes will become available after eastbound I-635 traffic is shifted this weekend between Joe Ratcliff bridge and Rosser Road. This traffic switch will also re-open the eastbound on-ramp from Webb Chapel Road, which was closed early spring.
Lane configuration as of March 2014. Eastbound lanes were shifted north so that general purpose lanes in this area could be built on the south side.
As of March 2014, the eastbound lanes in this area experienced a drastic shift, curving traffic to the north in order to make room for construction of the permanent eastbound general purpose lanes to the south. Over the months, crews worked to produce the lanes, and by this weekend, we will switch eastbound traffic onto these new lanes for public use, straightening traffic from the once-curved configuration (as seen in the exhibit below).
Lane configuration after this weekend’s traffic switch. Removal of old lanes will immediately follow, which includes demo and excavation of pavement.
Schedule of Operations:
Work and associated closures will begin Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, September 14 at noon. At this time:
- Eastbound I-635 between Webb Chapel and Midway will be reduced to one lane
- The eastbound exit to Midway will be closed
- The eastbound frontage road between Marsh and Midway will be closed
Traffic along the eastbound frontage road will be detoured to Forest Lane or Valley View Lane.
Signage and message boards will be placed along the roadway to advise motorists of the closures and detours. Motorists are advised to expect delays and seek alternate routes at this time. Work is weather permitting and scheduling will be postponed if necessary.