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Prepare for more traffic headaches with Southwest Freeway weekend closures

Prepare for more traffic headaches with Southwest Freeway closures

Houston I-69 610 loop interchange
Drivers should plan for alternate routes given this weekend's closures.  Photo courtesy of TxDOT

Despite the summer season, roadway construction in Houston shows no signs of slowing. Now, in what may come as frustrating news for drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation has announced more closures on two of the city’s busiest freeways.

The newest headache: As part of the I-610 West Loop/ I-69 Southwest Freeway interchange project, all southbound main lanes of I-69 Southwest between Chimney Rock Road and Weslayan Street will close from Friday, August 2, until Monday, August 5, at 5 am.

Crews will be working on the foundations for the new I-610 West Loop southbound connector to I-69 Southwest Freeway northbound. Motorists should expect delays and consider an alternate route. Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control, according to TxDOT.

As previously reported, the I-69/I-610 interchange, a $259 million project, will significantly enhance safety and improve mobility by widening the connector ramps to two lanes, increasing sight distances, and providing remedies to eliminate weaving.

“Houston is growing — and that's a great thing. But, we have to address the significant growth here now. In order to get us to a point where we can provide relief, we have to have these closures in place,” TXDOT representative Danny Perez recently told CultureMap.

Perez adds that the project has incentives and disincentives to encourage the contractor to complete various phases sooner than anticipated.

Commuters can find more information online here and here.