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2015-02-05

IH-10 closure at Ralph Fair Road

Special to the Courier

At 4 am, Saturday, Feb. 7, officials with Sundt Construction and the Texas Department of Transportation will shut down all main lanes of Interstate 10 at Ralph Fair Road to set bridge support beams for construction of the remaining portion of the Ralph Fair Road overpass bridge.
Traffic on IH-10 will exit Ralph Fair Road, pass through the intersection and re-enter the roadway. Ralph Fair Road will also be closed at IH-10 to facilitate traffic flow of IH-10 and to provide a safe staging area for the required work equipment. Police officers will help direct traffic.
Once the highway is closed at 4 am, Saturday, crews will begin setting the first of 17 beams that will form the backbone of the remaining overpass bridge. At 165 feet long, these are the largest concrete beams used on TxDOT roads, and take time to place. The last beam placement in September went quickly and crews reopened the road by that evening.
With ideal conditions expected this weekend, project managers say anticipate the highway reopening as soon as Sunday. However, drivers should expect the highway to remain closed until Monday morning. This timeline buffers allows for difficult weather or machinery failures.
Once this weekend's work is finished, Sundt should only need to employ this closure two more times - once to pour the bridge deck and another to form and pour the bridge deck barriers.
The project should be completed by the end of the school year, with traffic improving coming along the way.
Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook.com/txdot or Twitter/TxDOTSanAntonio.
For more information, contact Josh.Donat@txdot.gov or (210) 615-5932.