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Bids opened for I-2 (US 83) extension at La Joya, $96 million

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MaxConcrete:
This contract includes work on the eastern two-thirds of the bypass from FM 2221 to the existing end of the freeway. Looking at the plans, it is 2x2 freeway with frontage roads along the full length.

There are two sharp curves at the east end, which seem unnecessary because all the land in the area is vacant. Of course, unnecessary curves seem to be a TxDOT requirement for new alignments.

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/insdtdot/orgchart/cmd/cserve/bidtab/10033201.htm

County:   HIDALGO   Let Date:   10/03/19
Type:   NEW LOCATION FREEWAY   Seq No:   3201
Time:   851 WORKING DAYS   Project ID:   NH 1902(056)
Highway:   CS   Contract #:   10193201
Length:   5.612   CCSJ:   0039-02-063
Limits:   
From:   FM 2221 (JARA CHINAS ROAD)   Check:   $100,000
To:   0.28 MILES WEST OF SHOWERS ROAD   Misc Cost:   $286,500.00
Estimate   $103,484,635.99   % Over/Under   Company
Bidder 1   $95,994,022.81   -7.24%   PULICE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Bidder 2   $106,666,290.13   +3.07%   ANDERSON COLUMBIA CO., INC.



sprjus4:
Those curves don't even appear to meet a speed any higher than 55 mph. Poor design IMO.

Anyways, looks to be the first project of many to come to extend I-2 westwards.

sprjus4:
The design from 2012 was very similar, and has a 70 mph speed limit proposed.

That grassy median has likely been replaced by a median barrier though.

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/phr/projects/us59-relief/111512_presentation.pdf

Bobby5280:
Yeah, that hard angle turn near the end of the exiting I-2 facility just stinks. I would be surprised if the speed limit wasn't dumped down to something like 45mph or 50mph for that part of the highway. What is TX DOT trying to do? Make I-2 look like I-69 up in Kentucky and Indiana?

sprjus4:

--- Quote from: Bobby5280 on October 03, 2019, 10:07:45 PM ---Yeah, that hard angle turn near the end of the exiting I-2 facility just stinks. I would be surprised if the speed limit wasn't dumped down to something like 45mph or 50mph for that part of the highway. What is TX DOT trying to do? Make I-2 look like I-69 up in Kentucky and Indiana?

--- End quote ---
TXDOT just put in a similar curve a few years back on I-69 on the Robstown Bypass, the speed drops to 50 or 60 mph IIRC. Still, it’s quite easy to take at 65 mph.

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