BEAUMONT, September 24, 2015 - On Aug. 3, 2015, Williams Brothers Construction Co. Inc. was awarded a $29.9 million contract to reconstruct the I-10/FM 364 (Major Drive) intersection in Beaumont, Jefferson County. The project is designed to help improve safety and relieve congestion as a result of special events and increased growth. Reconfiguring I-10 also removes over height clearance issues with freight traffic.
The project includes the following improvements:
Reconstruct the I-10 and FM 364/Major Drive intersection
I-10 will be rebuilt as an overpass across FM 364/Major Drive; currently, FM 364/Major Drive is an overpass across I-10.
The I-10 overpass will be striped as two lanes in each direction but can accommodate three lanes in each direction for future growth.
The current “jug handle” design of the I-10 and FM 364/Major Drive intersection will be reconstructed as eastbound and westbound frontage roads with turnarounds.
Currently there is only an eastbound I-10 frontage road at this intersection; a new frontage road will be added for westbound local traffic also.
Improve FM 364/Major Drive
FM 364/Major Drive will be widened to five lanes—two lanes in each direction, with a center turning lane.
The FM 364 curve just to the north of the interchange will be slightly straightened to improve safety.
Please note: There will be no construction or lane closures during the 2016 South Texas State Fair.
Seven-day work week with 24-hour work is permitted.
Construction began in August 2015 and is expected to be complete in March 2017; timing is subject to change.
Build I-10 westbound frontage road
Detour main lane traffic to the I-10 eastbound and westbound frontage roads
Construct new main lanes of I-10
Remove current Major Drive overpass and build the I-10 overpass
Switch main lane traffic to new I-10 eastbound and westbound lanes
Construct Major Drive main lanes under the new I-10 overpass