Error to blame for lengthy construction at Loop 410 & 151

TxDOT said people have been contacting them over the past few months asking what happened to the highly anticipated flyovers.

SAN ANTONIO - If your commute takes you past loop 410 and 151 you may be wondering what's going on with construction over there.

TxDOT said people have been contacting them over the past few months asking what happened to the highly anticipated flyovers. 

"There's a lot of work being done on highway 151...but again because it's not being done 50 to 60 feet up in the air people aren't paying as much attention to it. Just because those two small sections of the direct connectors is not being built right now does not mean the project has stopped," Josh Donat with TxDOT said. 

TxDOT officials said there were miscalculations in the design of the steel bridge support beams. 

"We caught the flaw in the design right as we were about to start manufacturing those beams so we never had to start making them and scrap them, but it did kind of push us back on the manufacturing side," Donat said. 

Officials said the beams will be ready to be installed in February and the project is still set to be completed on schedule by next summer. When it's done, they hope the highly congested intersection on the west side will be less of a jam for commuters. 

"The idea here is to build two direct connectors, one that goes eastbound 151 to northbound 410, the other goes southbound 410 to westbound 151," Donat said. 

While there isn't construction happening on these direct connectors, new entrance ramps are still being built on Loop 410 between 151 and Ingram that's all part of this $75 million project. 

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