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Bicentennial Bridge construction may cause some travel problems

(Source: KGBT Photo)

For years, the Bicentennial Bridge has made it easy for drivers to get to the McAllen airport quickly, but all that is about to change.

Sunday night marked the first day of the closure and is slated to continue until September of 2019.

"Rest assured, that people will be able to find alternate routes," Octavio Saenz with the Texas Department of Transportation, said. "The only thing is for people that use this road as a constant commute or a daily commute, their commute is going to change a little bit."

TXDOT says it's the best way to navigate McAllen's growth and heavy traffic flow now and in the future.

"We need to accommodate to the congestion that's happening now and the projected congestion that's going to happen in the next 20 years," Saenz said.

The project will add a lane going in each direction on Bicentennial, will convert the overpass into an underpass, and will add turn around lanes and pedestrian walkways. Despite the construction, officials say drivers will have continued access to the expressway.

"The main lanes of the Interstate would remain open and will remain open. If there are any closures, it will come from this office, from the TXDOT office," Saenz said.

The demolition of Bicentennial Bridge is scheduled for later this month and will be an overnight event.

TXDOT says they'll provide an exact date when it becomes available and notify the public of any temporary closures.

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