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610 West Loop closure means more traffic headaches for Houston drivers

610 West Loop closure means more traffic headaches for Houston drivers

West Loop South aerial shot at Post Oak
Drivers should prepare for a closure at 610 West Loop and Post Oak Boulevard.  Photo by TxDOT

Inner Loopers and commuters who frequent Loop 610 near Uptown can expect to experience more traffic malaise, as the Texas Department of Transportation announced work on a bridge deck over a section of the 610 West Loop southbound at Post Oak Boulevard.

The works means a total closure of 610 West Loop southbound from Woodway Drive to Post Oak Road, including the I-10 Katy direct connectors to IH-610 southbound. These closures will occur from 9 pm to 5 am nightly starting Monday, August 19, and ending Friday, August 23, at 5 am, according to TxDOT.

Here are the suggested driving instructions:

  • The 610 southbound traffic will be forced to exit at the Post Oak exit ramp and will be able to re-enter the freeway at the Post Oak southbound entrance ramp just north of the Post Oak intersection.
  • The 10 eastbound traffic should continue IH-10 eastbound to downtown to US 69 South to the 610 West Loop. The 10 westbound traffic will be encouraged to detour in the vicinity of downtown to access the 610 West Loop via US 69 southbound or continue downtown for alternate destinations.

TxDOT notes that crews will be working on the bridge decking over the 610 West Loop southbound main lanes and installing safety features to work on the elevated structure. Police officers will be on scene to assist with traffic flow, and drivers should be cautious in the construction area. All closures are subject to change due to inclement weather.

As previously reported, the 610 West Loop Dedicated Bus Lane project is meant to improve mobility and safety by adding a dedicated right-of-way and separating buses from general traffic to help reduce congestion.

This TxDOT project will work in tandem with the dedicated bus lane project under construction by the City of Houston and Uptown Management District, which is already underway from 610 West Loop to Richmond.

Drivers who require additional information can visit Houston TransStar and follow road closure information on Twitter.