Major Bridge Repair: Downtown

Not your everyday bridge deck repair

“TxDOT contractor to lift and rotate bridge deck”

A segment of the IH 10 Katy Freeway westbound connector ramp to IH 45 North, one of the oldest bridge structures in the Houston District, will undergo a unique repair that will correct shifting of the roadway.

TxDOT engineers have developed an innovative plan to repair the connector which has moved slightly out of place to prevent it from becoming a hazard to the traveling public. Specialized crews will lift a portion of the connector with large cranes and rotate it back into place. Once the span is back in place, additional repairs will be made to strengthen the structure.

“Over the 40 years of the life of this bridge we’ve experienced numerous contraction and expansion cycles due to the heat of the summer and (the cold) of the winter,” said Q Allen, TxDOT. “The expansion and contraction have allowed, over time, the span of the bridge to rotate.”

Crews will need to close the ramp for approximately ten consecutive days

***CLOSED: Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. until Monday, February 20 at 5 a.m.

Detour: To the Heights Blvd. exit.

The Travis Street connector ramp to IH 45 North Freeway will also be closed during the smae period. This will impact motorists trying to enter IH 45 North Freeway northbound from downtown. Also, one right lane of Travis northbound between Commerce and Girard in downtown will be closed.

Also, all other downtown traffic destined to IH 45 North Freeway northbound can also use Walker to access IH 45 North Freeway northbound. Motorists are encouraged to use Capitol, Prairie, and Congress St. to reach Walker to access IH 45 North Freeway northbound.
HOV lanes will not be affected.

2 Responses

  1. hope these engineer’s were sober, when they devised this”innovative” repair.

  2. What a pain! I was planning to go to the car show at the Convention Center this weekend. Hope this doesn’t create a lot of traffic jams and mess this up. Thanks for the heads-up.

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