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I-10 reopens after year-long expansion


EAST HARRIS COUNTY — On Sept. 2, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) along with State Representative Wayne Smith and other supporting agencies celebrated the recent opening of IH 10 East Freeway in East Harris County near Highlands with a ribbon cutting on the road. Workers opened the east bound lanes during the evening hours of Sept. 1.

With the project complete, the I-10 Eastbound entrance ramp at Four Corners was also reopened this week. James Parnell, project manager for the work, said that the project was primarily focused on widening the lanes and installing storm sewers.

The project, which Parnell said was completed in 352 days, came in at a $20 million price tag.

The project spanned from just east of Magnolia Avenue to Spur 330 and consisted of two phases.

In attendance at the ribbon cutting were State Representative Wayne Smith, TxDOT Houston District Engineer Delvin Dennis, P.E., City of Baytown Mayor, Stephen H. DonCarlos, Chairman of Baytown Chamber of Commerce Cliff Clements as well as representatives from the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Pace Services.