All traffic on U.S. 84/183 between Early and Zephyr in Brown County is scheduled to be detoured on Tuesday, April 25 as crews close the highway to continue construction of a temporary railroad bridge at the Fort Worth & Western Railroad.

Between approximately 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., all traffic will be detoured between the communities of Zephyr and Blanket.

Travelers heading out of Brownwood/Early towards Zephyr/Goldthwaite will be detoured to U.S. 67/377 to Blanket, then south on FM 1467 to Zephyr.

Travelers heading towards Brownwood/Early from Zephyr/Goldthwaite will be detoured to FM 1467 to Blanket, then into Early on U.S. 67/377.

As the length of the detour is approximately 20 miles, travelers should allow substantially more time to reach their destinations.

Once the temporary bridge is constructed, demolition of the old railroad bridge will occur, followed by construction of the new replacement bridge.

The new bridge will allow U.S. 84/183 to be widened to four 12-foot travel lanes as the highway passes under the railroad. Currently, the highway is a four-lane facility on either side of the existing bridge, but the highway must narrow to only two lanes as it passes under the bridge. Construction of the $12.4 million project is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

TxDOT’s Brownwood District includes Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Stephens counties.