Over two years in the making, is the completion of the last leg making Highway 6 four-lane between Bryan and Waco.
TxDOT reports on Thursday, weather permitting, southbound traffic between Calvert and Hearne will be moved to newly constructed lanes. The process is expected to take two days.
After that, the speed limit will remain at 60 for another two months to allow construction workers to finish the median.
The $17 million dollar project began in February 2010.
News release courtesy of TxDOT:
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would like to alert drivers to an upcoming major traffic switch on SH 6 between Hearne and Calvert in Robertson County. Weather permitting, on Thursday, March 1st, the project contractor, Texas Sterling Construction Co., of Houston, will be moving the southbound traffic onto the new pavement on the west side of the highway. The northbound traffic will remain on the old pavement on the east side. The complete traffic switch will take a couple of days to complete due to relocation of concrete barriers.
Having the traffic split to the outside lanes of the newly constructed divided highway, will allow the contractor to complete construction on the center depressed grass median, median crossovers and turn lanes.
TxDOT asks that drivers stay very alert when driving through this area during the traffic switch. Expect possible delays during the shift and follow all traffic control and flaggers for direction.
Once the traffic is shifted, it will remain in this configuration, with construction personnel working in the center of the highway, for approximately two months.
During this phase of construction, the speed limit will be reduced south of Calvert to just past Cooper Lane to 60 mph.
Please be vigilant in observing these speed reductions, additional traffic control devices, flaggers, workers and other drivers.
This work is part of a $17 million contract that is expected to be complete this summer.