The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has big plans for the interchange at I-10 and Eagle Dr./FM 3180. I-10 will become elevated and go over Eagle Dr.; Eagle Dr./FM 3180 will become flat and the "jug handles" will go away to help with a more efficient traffic flow in both directions. This is a very large project that will have a direct impact on residents on both sides of I-10. This will be especially true during the months that Barbers Hill ISD is in session. While this project can be seen as painful during the construction phase, the hope is that the long-term benefits will far outweigh the temporary inconveniences. This is especially true when one considers the population growth in our area. Here is information from TxDOT outlining the full scope of the project and an update on the work that is currently under way.
I-10 at FM 3180 Interchange
The I-10 at FM 3180 Interchange project has been designed to improve safety and increase mobility. The $35 million project was awarded to COPASA INC. in February of 2019. Construction is anticipated to be complete in 2021. Improvements include:
• Reconstruct the I-10 and FM 3180 intersection: I-10 will be rebuilt as an overpass spanning FM 3180; currently, FM 3180 is an overpass over I-10
• Widen FM 3180 from two to four lanes from I-10 to FM 565 with a continuous left turn lane
• Install traffic signals at the intersections between I-10 frontage roads and FM 3180
Crews are currently working on widening along the southbound lanes of FM 3180 between I-10 and FM 565. All traffic has been shifted to the northbound lanes and will stay in this current configuration until the southbound widening has been completed. Throughout construction, crews will be mindful of school traffic to have the least amount of impact as possible. Once the southbound widening has been completed, all traffic will be moved to the new pavement and widening will begin along the northbound lanes. All widening is anticipated to be complete in early 2020. Work on the I-10 interchange is estimated to begin in late fall.
A PDF of this project overview, including a map of the project, can be downloaded HERE.