Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials say they want to make the US-59 and 610 Loop interchange a better experience.

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But, according to agency plans, at least five years stand between drivers and a completed road construction project near The Galleria.

Reports indicate construction is set to begin in January, after holiday – and shopping – traffic dissapates.

Highway officials announced the interchange will be revamped to allow for “more capacity”; one-lane ramps will become two-lane, and shoulders will be added to the 610 West Loop bridge.

Reports further show roadwork will happen on portions of the US-59 southbound ramp onto the 610 West Loop northbound, but the agency said more lanes will not be added.

“While the contractor has 5 1/2 years to finish, there are incentives in the project to encourage the contractor to finish a lot sooner,” TxDOT spokesperson Danny Perez said in an interview with ABC 13. “We are confident this will happen.”

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Construction crews are already working on utilities in the surrounding area, priming the roads for the impending gridlock – err, construction.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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