Starting on Monday, March 4, 2019, the first phase of reconstruction will begin on the U.S. Hwy 35 (Simcox) overpass in La Porte. During this time, northbound travel lanes will be closed. North bound traffic will be diverted over to the south bound lanes. Travel lanes will be 10 ft. wide, and will still be accessible to semi and larger truck traffic. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Motorists and pedestrians should prepare themselves for increased traffic congestion and traffic delays in the downtown area and along U.S Hwy 35, (Indiana and Pine Lake avenues), especially during peak traffic hours. Motorists who drive this route are encouraged to allow themselves enough travel time and/or to take an alternate route. The reconstruction project is expected to be completed in October 2019.