Area drivers can expect four years of roadwork on I-30 in Texarkana, but the results will be a six-lane widening of the controlled access highway.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s area engineer in Texarkana, Paul Wong, the six-mile portion of Interstate 30 from 0.6 mile west of Kings Highway (FM 989) to State Line Avenue will be widened from four lanes to six lanes.
“This section of I-30 was first constructed about 60 years ago, so instead of just adding new traffic lanes,” said Wong. “We felt it would be best to reconstruct the whole highway with all new materials.”
The project is set to commence in July, and Wong believes it will take approximately four years to finish the upgrade.
As the reconstruction transpires, traffic will be moved to one side while the other is being built. Then, the traffic will be moved to the new sections as the last sections are finished.
The proposed sections will have six 12-foot traffic lanes with 10-foot paved shoulders on the inside and outside. There will also be concrete barriers to divide the opposing lanes of traffic with safety lighting on the barriers.
The project is expected to cost $88.9 million, and Longview Bridge and Road was awarded the contract.