TxDOT will temporarily close U.S. Highway 181 from Burleson to Beach

U.S. Highway 181 will be temporarily shut down from Burleson Street to Beach Avenue, starting Sunday night.

That’s according to Flatiron/Dragados, the chief contractor on the Texas Department of Transportation’s plan to replace the aging Harbor Bridge.

The connectors that are key to the Harbor Bridge replacement project are captured in a social media post published June 3, 2021 by contractor Flatiron/Dragados. Progress is being made on the state's $930 million project, which broke ground in August 2016.

The company said in a statement Thursday it needs to close all northbound mainlanes on that stretch of Highway 181 Sunday at 9 p.m. as part of the bridge project. Traffic there will be restored Monday at 6 a.m. 

Motorists will be detoured at the Burleson Street exit and will be made to follow the East Causeway Boulevard frontage road to reenter US 181 past Beach Avenue.

What is locally referred to as the Harbor Bridge is actually formally named the U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge in state and federal documentation.  

Work continues on the new Harbor Bridge Project on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The massive project to replace it includes reconstructing portions of US 181, Interstate 37 and state Highway 286, which is commonly referred to as the Crosstown Expressway. 

Flatiron/Dragados said the closure is necessary for a northbound US 181 lane shift related to the Harbor Bridge Project. Portable message signs will be in place to alert motorists of the mainlane closure and detour route.

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