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Wednesday, May 14

Fred-Med traffic switch pushed back

Availability of materials and completion of some out-of-sequence work has pushed back a major traffic switch on the Fred-Med project.

Crews were initially scheduled to move traffic on Medical Drive - particularly on the east side of Fredericksburg Road – onto new asphalt that will eventually be the westbound connector to Medical Drive. This move clears space for crews to work on the future eastbound side of Medical Drive and begin building the through lanes, which will pass under Fredericksburg Road.

However, some work on the through lanes – or, rather, on a preliminary support structure for the deck that will hold Fredericksburg Road in place while Medical Drive passes under – has taken a few days longer than anticipated. Supervisors with Texas Sterling Construction prefer to finish the work on the support structure (specifically, a slide pad) before switching traffic where it can be done without any major disruptions to travelers.

The traffic switch is now scheduled to happen by next weekend, May 23-25. The switch, when completed, will not impact daily traffic all that much, as we’re maintaining one lane each way on Medical Drive through Fredericksburg Road.

The process of making the switch will make an impact. Police officers will direct traffic at Fredericksburg and Medical Friday night and into Saturday morning, May 23-24. The actual traffic signal will be turned off that night while electricians move them to match the new path of traffic. Drivers should expect some delays.

This weekend - May 16-18 - road crews will be finishing work on the westbound side of Medical Drive at Ewing Halsell. Expect alternating lanes to close from Friday night through Sunday night.