Expect some possible delays this weekend as construction crews make some major traffic changes on 281 between Evans Road and Marshall Road. (See graphic above)
Drivers will be diverted off the existing main-lanes onto the newly-built frontage roads so that crews can begin work on main-lane expansion in this portion of the project. It's the same step taken previously with traffic switches between Sonterra and Encino Rio.
Switch operations begin on Saturday at 3 a.m. and will be completed by Monday at 5 a.m.
During that Monday morning commute, drivers will be riding on new asphalt pavement on the frontage roads for this stretch, but there will be a reduction in speed, dropping from 60 mph to 45 mph. The number of lanes will remain consistent with the current roadway, meaning there will not be a reduction of travel lanes during the months-long switch.
After the traffic switch is complete, crews will need to reconstruct the Stone Oak Parkway/TPC Parkway intersection between the newly built frontage roads. This will take approximately one week to complete.
During this time the northbound to westbound as well as the southbound to eastbound turn lanes at Stone Oak Parkway/TPC Parkway will be closed. Traffic will need to take the next turnaround on US 281 just north of the intersection. Heavy traffic is expected during this operation so please allow plenty of time to get to your destination or seek alternate routes.
Once complete, 281 will be a full freeway with six additional lanes between Loop 1604 and Borgfeld.
(Graphic Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)