That project will increase the number of lanes on the Gulf Freeway from six to ten.
On a ramp high above the freeway officials gave an update on the work. Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan says with all the growth in in the region, the number of vehicles on the Gulf Freeway could increase by 70% in the coming decades.
"This initiative allows us the opportunity to address the mobility gap and seamlessly connect corridors and projects," says Ryan. "To deliver a corridor and not just individual projects and segmented projects."
But while that construction is in progress, what does that mean for people just trying to get to the beach? We asked TxDOT District Engineer Quincy Allen.
"We're trying to keep the same number of freeway lanes open at all times," explains Allen. "We had three lanes before we started. We'll try to keep three lanes at all times."
The section between NASA Road One and and FM 518 should be finished in late 2021. The segment between League City and Dickinson is expected to wrap up by December 2020. The work will cost about $220 million.