TxDOT: Marble Falls US 281 closure could reopen Thursday
October 09, 2013, 6:00 pm by Miles Smith
Road closures in Marble Falls that have caused afternoon traffic snarls near the US 281 bridge could reopen as early as Thursday afternoon, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson said.
Traffic headed north was backed up late Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons after US 281 N was reduced to one lane between FM 2147 and Second Street. The closure is due to improvements being made to remedy water runoff from Second Street onto US 281, said TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna.
"During the recent rains, we discovered the drainage areas had been altered and a larger amount of water runoff was getting to US 281 from Second Street than was quantified during the plan development, Reyna wrote in an e-mail. "After coordinating with the city, we negotiated to have Archer-Western place an additional storm water inlet on Second Street, just east of US 281. It will be connected to the TxDOT storm sewers along US 281.
Reyna said the storm sewer lane was just inside the outside northbound travel lane of US 281, so that lane has to be closed while a new storm sewer line was laid and a connection was made.
The nature of the work made doing the project at night and leaving the lane open during the daytime impossible, Reyna said.
"Since we are having to excavate pavement, as well as form and pour concrete connection boxes, it is not possible to restrict the work to nighttime only, she said, "as the work has to be finished before the lane can be reopened.
TxDOT originally thought the work and lane closure would last through Friday, but appeared to be moving ahead of schedule.
"We hope to be able to reopen the lane by tomorrow afternoon, Reyna said Wednesday.
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