Traveling on the JFK Bridge is about to become a bit trickier.
During the first week of December a three-phase project to repair and upgrade the infrastructure of the bridge is scheduled to start.
The project will span 18 months and conclude in May 2023.
“This project is a maintenance and preservation project on the JFK Bridge,” said Rickey Dailey, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation. “Some of the main items will include concrete repair, replacement of minor substructure components and a concrete overlay of the main bridge deck. There will be a new travel surface on the bridge when the project is completed.”
For 12 of the 18 months, traffic on the bridge will be limited to one lane in each direction. The bridge will also be closed entirely or in one direction for half-hour periods during the night.
The Texas Department of Transportation contracted Gibson & Associates, Inc. to complete the first major repairs of the bridge since 1973.
Dailey said the project will be split into three six-month phases with the first phase spanning from December 2021 to May 2022. The bridge will be limited to one lane in each direction during phase one.
“With the traffic down to one lane in each direction, motorists should plan ahead and allow a little extra travel time,” Dailey said. “Especially during peak travel hours.”
For phase two, all four lanes will be reopened in preparation for hurricane season. Phase two is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2022 and end sometime in November 2022.
The final stage of the project runs from December 2022 to Memorial Day 2023 and will once again reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction.
“This is a project that needs to be done to extend the life of the bridge,” Dailey said. “The bridge is a major link. It’s a key part of the Coastal Bend’s transportation infrastructure and its time to do maintenance work on it.”
Christopher Howley covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Support more coverage like this at Caller.com/subscribe.