Thanks to decreased traffic on the I-69/Loop 610 interchange because of COVID-19 limitations, the project is ahead of schedule. A story in Community Impact Newspapers details how TxDOT contractors have taken advantage of the reduction to extend closure times to get more work done. This means that Phase 2 of the $259 million project is nearly complete, with only the Newcastle/I-69, South Rice/I-69, and the I-69 northbound frontage road between Westpark Drive and east of Newcastle Drive remaining to be completed, hopefully by summer. The new I-610 northbound to I-69 southbound connector as well as the newly configured I-69 southbound exit ramp to Chimney Rock Road should open this year. The remaining three phases will include a reduction of the Loop 610 southbound to I-69 southbound connector to a single lane; total closures of the I-69 northbound to Loop 610 connector; and potentially the I-69 southbound to Loop 610 northbound connector.