Contractor starts work on Bicentennial project in McAllen
Contractors started construction on the Bicentennial Boulevard overpass Jan. 3 — the first step in a major project that will disrupt traffic on Expressway 83 for the next three years.
"Traffic is going to be bad, and I'm not going to sugarcoat it," said Octavio Saenz, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation.
The project will cost $46 million.
Workers will replace the Bicentennial overpass and exit ramp, which connects downtown McAllen with the city airport. The Department of Transportation shut down the T-shaped highway exit at Bicentennial after several fatal wrecks.
Later phases of the project will require workers to shut down Expressway 83 in McAllen.
The city is already developing a plan for handling traffic and detour routes.