TxDOT announces major changes to Marsha Sharp Freeway

TxDOT announces major changes to Marsha Sharp Freeway

Provided by TxDOT

Next week, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is scheduled to make major traffic changes on the Marsha Sharp Freeway (MSF), including opening new lanes of traffic to drivers, as work continues on Phase 5A of the project.

"Starting Monday, crews will begin the process of opening the east- and westbound main lanes on the MSF bridge and the Spur 327 bridge, spanning over Milwaukee Avenue, said Will Barnett, P.E., TxDOT Lubbock Area engineer. "The eastbound Frankford Avenue exit on Spur 327 is also scheduled to open. The process to get the bridges and exit open to traffic will take several days to complete and will continue throughout the week."

Work at the MSF, Milwaukee Avenue intersection and westbound frontage roads will continue next week, as well, and will impact traffic, Barnett said.

"Traffic will be shifted onto the eastern half of Milwaukee—with two-lanes in each direction. The new Milwaukee traffic conditions will allow crews to safely work to rebuild the intersection." Barnett said. "Milwaukee Avenue drivers should expect delays and are advised to seek alternate routes."

Also next week, the westbound MSF frontage road will be reduced to one lane west of Milwaukee in order to construct the remainder of the new frontage road. Traffic approaching Milwaukee will be reduced to one left-turn only lane, one-thru lane and one right-turn only lane.

The traffic changes will occur throughout the week, weather permitting, and drivers are asked to drive with caution through the area.

Work on the $22.4 million project is expected to be completed later this year. Haydon Building Corp., from Phoenix, AZ, is the project contractor.