I know, Immediate hardly seems appropriate for this issue. Nevertheless, this is good news.
I just got word from TxDOT that the contractor will be laying down the final layer of asphalt along Tezel starting today through Friday. After that, the road will be finished, save for the final lane markings, which will be put down in a few weeks after the pavement has fully cured.
For those of you wondering why this project took so long, I did confirm that there were indeed issues with underground utilities. Whenever crews start digging, there's no telling what they'll find: utility lines that aren't where they're supposed to be (or aren't even on the plans), abandoned lines, etc. When that happens, work has to stop and the owner of the problematic line has to be determined and contacted, then plans have to be made for the disposition of the problem, then the work done to actually take care of it. All of that adds significant time. These problems happen quite often in road construction, and there were several such issues on this project.
So there you go. Happy Motoring!