Local drivers hoping to trek around the Loop this weekend may want to reconsider those plans. The Southwest Freeway will close in both directions at the I-610 West Loop due to construction, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced.
Expect all northbound and southbound mainlanes of I-69/Southwest Freeway at the Loop to close from Friday, August 20 at 9 pm to Monday, August 23 at 5 am.
That means drivers heading to the Galleria area, Bellaire, southwest Houston, or downtown should expect major delays. Drivers should consider taking I-10 or US-90 to the South Loop and utilize corridors such as Westheimer Road, Bissonnet Street, and Bellaire Boulevard to navigate those near-Loop neighborhoods.
The closure is to continue construction on the new I-69 northbound connector ramp to I-610 West Loop northbound, which spans over the mainlanes of I-69 Southwest Freeway. The ramp is anticipated to open later this year, per TxDOT.
Importantly, this work may force a closure next weekend ((August 27-30), the agency notes.
As CultureMap has reported, this work is part of a $259 million project meant to significantly enhance safety and improve mobility by widening the connector ramps to two lanes, increasing sight distances, and providing remedies to eliminate weaving.