I-10 West entrance ramp closure near Huebner Oaks delayed
Re-striping equipment malfunction blamed on delay
The Interstate 10 West entrance ramp near Huebner Oaks Shopping Center was set to permanently close Monday.
Now the Texas Department of Transportation has delayed that project by at least a few days, thanks to a problem with re-striping equipment.
But the flow of traffic in the area will see big changes soon, TxDOT officials say, in hopes of improving congestion.
In the meantime, the traffic tie-up resulting from the Huebner Oaks project is nothing new.
"Cars are close getting in (and) getting out, especially with all the malls here, it makes it even worse," said Hector Ortega, who works near I-10 and Huebner.
Ortega said he takes I-10 to his job at a restaurant in the area, and says around 5 p.m., he wants to be anywhere but there.
TxDOT officials say they feel his pain.
"A clogger is what it really ends up becoming, and people have to slow down quite a bit here," said TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat.
Part of their plan for fixing the slow going traffic is to close ramps.
As soon as the lanes can be re-striped, the entrance ramp to I-10 West near the Huebner Oaks Shopping Center will close for good.
The ramp closures is the next change drivers will notice, but the overall project reroutes traffic in more ways than one.
Next up, TxDOT will expand the exit ramp at Woodstone from one lane to two. That's so the exit ramp at Dezavala can permanently close.
"There's two exits and two entrances between Dezavala and it's almost redundant and we've decided that if we eliminate one of those exits and one of those entrances, it will improve efficiency and the flow of traffic in that area," Donat said.
Basically, he said, by keeping people out of each other's way by keeping them from fighting for lanes.
The 30-month project is expected to wrap up mid-2014.
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