A number of road projects throughout Laredo are helping alleviate traffic congestion. Pro 8 News reporter Brenda Medina has the latest details on when and how these projects benefit motorists
Construction has been going on for about a year now and TxDOT officials say projects are on track to not only reduce congestion but increase mobility and safety.
At times it's a matter of sit and wait on the busy Guadalupe/Chihuahua road in south central Laredo.
"Because that train will come and they'll have to wait till it passes,” said TxDOT spokesman Raul Leal.
That's why TxDOT is moving fast on the U.S. 83 railroad grade separation project.
"They'll be able to just take that overpass over the railroad tracks and have a safer route to their destination,” Leal said.
The new overpass is almost half way done, with the bottom road cleared out and the columns going up. But once completed exactly how will it ease traffic flow? "From Matamoros in the downtown area they're going to take the ramp,” Leal explained. “It will go up and it will sort of come out. The ramps in opposite direction they're going to meet at the top slightly and then they're going to come back down and verge out."
Back on to Guadalupe. "They're moving briskly and they're doing a great job over there."
Another long awaited project in the works is the Cuatro Vientos Interchange at Loop 20 and state highway 359. "They're (motorists) seeing a lot of activity there, a lot of heavy machinery."
The seven mile Cuatro Vientos Road in the same area will stretch from 359 to Mangana Hein.
"That road will eventually once the interchange is built will just go up north and take the overpass over 359 without anyone stopping there, a great benefit to the folks there as well."
As construction continues, they ask everyone to be extra vigilant and courteous to crew workers at the project sites.
Construction has been going on for about a year now and TxDOT officials said projects are on track to not only reduce congestion but increase mobility and safety.