Mysterious Bump Appears on I-10 West near Frio Street

In the midst of San Antonio’s rapid growth, maintaining the highways in pristine condition poses a formidable challenge. Nonetheless, a recent addition to the downtown area’s highway has proven to be a source of frustration for motorists. This particular addition takes the form of a metal traffic plate, deliberately installed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approximately one inch above the roadway. Its purpose is to accommodate ongoing construction activities associated with the replacement of a bridge joint. Situated just beyond the Finesilver curve to the north of I-35, this unexpected obstacle has caught many drivers off guard.

Driven by curiosity, we embarked on a journey to witness this traffic plate firsthand. Approaching downtown from the south on Interstate 35, we encountered two signs that warned of a “Bump On Road, IH 10 West Upper Level.” As we continued our approach, a third sign materialized, serving as a final alert before the highway diverged into upper and lower levels.

With the plate looming ahead, it was our turn to navigate the bump on the bridge. Even when traveling at a modest speed of 20 mph, the impact was still perceptible and jarring.

Seeking clarity, we reached out to TxDOT to ascertain the duration of this inconvenience. According to TxDOT, “This construction project involves the replacement of bridge joints on several areas of I-10 and I-35 in the downtown area and is estimated to be completed in 2025. Currently, bridge joints are being replaced on the upper level of I-10W near Frio St. Work will move to other areas as the project progresses.”

As for the specific location of the traffic plate, TxDOT clarifies that due to the presence of hundreds of joints, no specific timeline can be provided. However, it is safe to anticipate the emergence of similar obstacles on downtown highways until the project’s anticipated completion in 2025.

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