As Houston prepares to welcome the funeral procession of President George H.W. Bush, locals can expect traffic complications and road closures.
The public can pay tribute to President Bush at a public repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, located at 717 Sage Rd. The viewing will start Wednesday, December 5 at 6 pm, and end Thursday, December 6 at 6 am.
Houston Police Department, in coordination with the Secret Service, will close the following streets from 11 am Wednesday, December 5, to 1 pm Thursday, December 6:
- Riverway between Sage and South Post Oak
- Sage between Tangle and Woodway
- Woodway between Chimney Rock and North Post Oak
“Traveling on Woodway between Chimney Rock and the West Loop is going to be very restricted,” says HPD executive assistant chief Matt Slinkard in a briefing. “Only residents and business owners needing access into the area will be allowed beyond the road closures.”
Those attending the viewing can expect restrictions. Photography, large bags, and all weapons will be strictly prohibited.
The public must check in at Second Baptist Church (6400 Woodway Dr.), for a mandatory screening. They can then board a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus for St. Martins Church. Buses will begin loading at 4:45 pm on Wednesday and leave Second Baptist starting at 5:15 pm. The last bus will depart 5:30 am Thursday.
No walk-ups to the public viewing or funeral are allowed, nor can anyone drive to the church — all attendants must use the buses.
The funeral on Thursday is private and invitation-only.
The roads are set to reopen by 1 pm on Thursday, once the procession leaves the city of Houston, and the president's body is transported to College Station via the special 4141 Union Pacific train.