TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic Pattern Change on January 15

Monday, January 15th – traffic pattern change: Utility work along 16th Street between Lavaca and Colorado will close one lane of traffic and impact traffic patterns near State Garage E.

Utility work to support the new buildings of the Capitol Complex will be staged in phases. The first phase will begin on January 15th and continue for three weeks.

The westbound lane of 16th Street between Lavaca and Colorado will be closed to traffic. Only the eastbound traffic lane from Lavaca to Colorado Street will be open for travel.

All exiting traffic from Garage E must turn north (left) on Colorado Street. (Colorado Street from 16th Street to 15th Street will remain closed for the duration of the project.) See the Traffic Control Sequence 2 map below.

Tuesday, February 16th – the first crane arrives. An exciting milestone in this construction project is the arrival of the cranes. A 550-ton assist crane will arrive in pieces on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at around 11:00 a.m. via multiple trucks.
A convoy traveling from MLK Blvd to Colorado Street will transport the assist crane to the jobsite. A smaller crane will be on the site to unload and build the assist crane onsite, which will, in turn, erect the 260-foot tower crane that will support the vertical construction activities of the new building.

While the assist crane is assembled onsite, a 50-foot telescoping arm (‘luffer’) will extend from the jobsite into and above the 16th and Colorado Street intersection. During the afternoon of Tuesday, January 16, 2024, the intersection of 16th and Colorado Street will be open only to necessary local traffic, and flaggers will manage all traffic.

Please respect the flaggers and use caution if you must travel in this area.

February Traffic Schedule: The next phase of the utility upgrades is estimated to begin on February 4, 2024, and will involve night work at the intersection of 16th Street and Colorado Street. This intersection will be closed every evening from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. During the day, the intersection will be open for regular local traffic. More on this phase of work will be published later.

Bird’s eye view: Follow our daily progress on the construction cameras of this project. Visit to see our work.

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