As Houston prepares to welcome former presidents and international dignitaries for the visitation and funeral for Barbara Bush, the Houston Police Department and other agencies have released safety and road closure information.
With the Obamas, the Clintons and Melania Trump expected to attend the private funeral on April 21, locals can expect delays and heightened security and scrutiny.
Visitors who plan to attend the public service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church — at the corner of Woodway Drive and Sage Road in the Tanglewood/Uptown area — must first go to the Second Baptist Church campus at 6400 Woodway Dr. — enter the parking lots via Voss Road — to park and go through security.
A shuttle service from Second Baptist to St. Martin’s and back (for both days) will be provided, as no one is allowed to walk up or drive to St. Martin’s.
As for closures and safety:
Woodway eastbound will be closed from Chimney Rock to Post Oak Lane.
Woodway westbound will be closed from the West Loop to Pine Shadows Drive.
Sage northbound from Longmont to Woodway will be closed, except to residents.
Photography and firearms will not be permitted inside the church.
St. Martin’s will close at midnight April 20, but the lines will close at Second Baptist prior to midnight based on the number of people in line.
St. Martin’s also asks that visitors turn off all cellular devices out of respect for the Bush family.
On April 20, parking at Second Baptist opens at 10 am; shuttle service begins at 11:30 am.
On April 21, parking opens at 8 a.m., and shuttle service runs from 8:30 am to 10 am before the private funeral begins.
- The West End Brew Run 5K, which starts at West End Pub on Westheimer and Yorktown on April 21, has been moved up to a 7:45 am start time, to accommodate the services.
The Bush family motorcade will travel through Memorial Park on the way to the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station. It will enter College Station from northbound Highway 6 and proceed north on to Texas Avenue, according to information from Texas A&M. (Get map information here.)
Those wishing to pay their respects as the motorcade passes through College Station are asked to be in place by 2 pm.