Traffic on the westbound service road of Interstate 10 at Adams Bayou in Orange is being detoured onto the interstate to cross the bayou before vehicles can exit back to the frontage road headed to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The reason for the detour is an infrastructure project being done by the City of Orange.
Public Works Director Jim Wolf explained the city is relocating several water lines in and around the bayou which has caused the detour. “With a directional bore under Adams Bayou in an east, west direction along that north side and then we also are making a perpendicular underground crossing of the main lanes of the interstate in a north, south direction on the east side of the bayou between the bayou and the Holiday Inn Express,” Wolf said.
The inconvenient detour for motorists will last until the current project is complete, but may be ongoing with other repairs being done by the Texas Department of Transportation to the bridges over Adams Bayou according to Wolf. “If you are driving westbound on the northside frontage road you’re going to have to get up on that main lane and cross over the bayou and then come back down again and make a u-turn. You can still access in both directions but the inconvenience is that you’re going to have to go all the way down to MLK to make the u-turn in most cases.”
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-