According to the Texas Department of Transportation, construction on Interstate 10 from Sealy to the Brazos River is about 20% complete.
A TxDOT engineer said the project to widen I-10 has an estimated completion date of August 2022.
“It is a continuous day and night operation with ongoing nightly lane closures,” the engineer said.
One of the oddities of the construction is the remnant of the Rexville Road bridge hanging over the main lanes.
“The remaining spans of the Rexville Road bridge will be removed once IH-10 main lane traffic is shifted to the frontage roads currently under construction,” the engineer said. “As you may know, IH-10 will ultimately span over Rexville Road; shifting traffic to the frontage road pavement will allow for the main lane bridge to be constructed over the Rexville Road underpass.”
Another thing that has caught the attention of local residents are the pillars erected between Sealy High School and the highway.
“The wall being built in front of the high school is referred to as a sound wall made up of 20-foot concrete columns and acoustic panels in between. This sound wall will stretch from Eagle Lake Road to Rexville Road,” the engineer said.
Currently, Eagle Lake Road is closed for construction of the new eastbound frontage road. The Rexville Road overpass is closed for construction of an I-10 overpass. Front Street in Sealy is closed for construction of the I-10 overpass. The Kersten Road (eastbound frontage) is closed between Frydek Road and the U-turn at the BNSF railroad. Also, the weigh station on westbound lanes east of Sealy is closed.
There will be overnight alternating main lane closures as needed at various locations for maintenance of traffic barrels and construction signs.
Upcoming overnight closures include eastbound main lane (inside lane) to install deck panels at the BNSF bridge and the Highway 36 bridge. Highway 36 will have intermittent overnight closures to set the deck panels at the bridge. No dates were given for those closures.