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Prepare for traffic headaches with Southwest Freeway weekend lane closures

Prepare for traffic headaches with Southwest Freeway weekend closures

Houston I-69 610 loop interchange
All southbound main lanes of I-69 Southwest between Chimney Rock Road and Weslayan Street will be closed this weekend.  Photo courtesy of TxDOT

This summer, Houstonians have seen little relief from traffic headaches on major freeways. One major endeavor that has caused locals to brake (hard) is the I-610 West Loop/ I-69 Southwest Freeway interchange project, which continues this weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation announced.

As part of the continued work, TxDOT will close all southbound main lanes of I-69 Southwest between Chimney Rock Road and Weslayan Street from 9 pm Friday, August 9, until 5 am Monday, August 12. Some 30,000 south-bound drivers per day will be affected by the closure, TxDOT representative Danny Perez tells CultureMap.

Over the weekend, 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 plan to use an alternate route. Police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control.

As previously reported, the I-69/I-610 interchange is a major connection point of two extremely busy highways serving the Greater Houston area. The $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. The project has incentives and disincentives to encourage the contractor to complete various phases sooner than anticipated, according to TxDOT.

“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,” Perez recently told CultureMap.

Commuters can find more information online here and here.