As construction continues on the new railroad bridge at the Fort Worth & Western Railroad on US 84/183 between Early and Zephyr, traffic is scheduled to be reduced to one lane at various times between May 3 – 5.

During the lane reductions, only one direction of traffic will be allowed through the work zone at a time. Flagging personnel will be on hand to direct traffic. Motorists can expect delays of up to several minutes.

Unlike the complete highway closure on April 25, no detour will be necessary with these lane reductions.

Additional lane reductions are anticipated later in May. TxDOT will provide advance notice at that time.

The new bridge will allow US 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 roadway 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.