Friday, January 11

US 281 Expansion Project Update: Sonterra Ramp Long-Term Closure

In order to safely construct the southbound to westbound and southbound to eastbound direct connector ramps, the contractor on the project tells us it will be necessary to close the southbound Sonterra Boulevard entrance ramp to US 281 (see graphic below). 

The closure is scheduled to be put in place Monday (Jan. 14) morning and is anticipated to last until this late spring/early summer.

This closure allows for crews to work safely behind protective barrier while constructing retaining wall, drainage crossings and direct connector structures besides and over the Sonterra entrance ramp, as well as reconstructing and realigning the ramp. 

The new direct connector pillars will be placed where the current ramp aligns to connect to southbound US 281. The new ramp will slightly shift west to provide sufficient space for the new pillars.

Drivers wishing to access southbound US 281 will proceed through the intersections at Loop 1604 and Donella Drive, then take the Donella entrance ramp.

Following the ramp closure, a study will take place on the timing of the signals at the Loop 1604 and Donella Drive Intersections to ensure good traffic flow.

As always, this scheduled closure and detour is weather permitting and subject to change.

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