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Houston drivers should prepare for major closure on US 290

Houston drivers should prepare for major closure on US 290

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Major construction and a closure is planned for US 290. Photo courtesy of TxDOT

Houston commuters traveling northwest have long endured construction on US 290. Now the Texas Department of Transportation has announced the last major phase of the 290 Project, as crews complete the new SH 6/FM 1960 bridge.

To complete the work, the following areas will be closed beginning at 9 pm Friday, September 6.

  • SH 6 northbound between Hempstead Road and US 290
  • Hempstead eastbound to SH 6 northbound
  • SH 6 northbound to Hempstead westbound
  • US 290 eastbound exit to Eldridge Parkway/West Road
  • US 290 eastbound frontage road at entrance from SH 6

Also, as part of the project, the current SH 6 bridge over Hempstead and the railroad tracks will be demolished on September 20 and 21.

Additional closures that weekend will include:

  • Total closure of SH 6 northbound between Jackrabbit Road and US 290. Motorists will be detoured to the SH 6 northbound direct connector to US 290 eastbound.
  • SH 6 southbound between US 290 and Hempstead will have one lane open during the day and will have a total closure overnight.
  • SH 6 southbound motorists will be detoured right on Hempstead, left on Huffmeister Road to SH 6.

TxDOT anticipates SH 6/FM 1960 bridge construction to be completed in late 2020. Work will be completed in one phase, as opposed to multiple phases, which would cost more time.

When the new SH 6/FM 1960 bridge opens, SH 6/FM 1960 through traffic will no longer travel through the signalized intersections at Hempstead, US 290, and Wortham Boulevard. Motorists will continue to have access to businesses along SH 6/FM 1960 via the frontage roads.