Archive for the ‘Construction’ Category

March 19, 2012

Work progresses on the IH 610/US 290 interchange:

Construction crews switched traffic this past weekend on the IH 610 North Loop westbound frontage road from Ella to East T.C. Jester.

The following closure is in place now:

– IH 610 North Loop westbound exit to T.C. Jester will be closed for the next six months, from March 17 through September 30. Use the previous exit at Ella and continue on the frontage road to T.C. Jester.

These closures are part of the ongoing work on the US 290 Program’s $151.5 million IH 610/US 290 reconstruction project, which began July 2011.

Work on I-10 Project Continues
March 12, 2012

Construction crews will be closing the IH 10/Katy Freeway westbound exit ramp to TC Jester and westbound entrance ramp from Durham for six weeks beginning Monday, March 12 at 9 p.m. until Monday, April 23 at 5 a.m. The closures are necessary for the contractor to switch traffic to the new pavement and reconstruct the entrance and exit ramps and inside lane between Patterson and TC Jester.

Expect delays and congested conditions during the course of the construction. Seek alternate routes and allow for extra time to arrive at your destination.

Traffic for the TC Jester exit ramp will be detoured to Patterson while traffic for the Durham entrance ramp will be detoured to TC Jester.

This closure is part of the IH 10 Katy Freeway Frontage Road project currently in progress. Construction began on April 26, 2010 and is currently scheduled to finish early 2013.

March 9, 2012


* This will allow the contractor to hang steel beams across the freeway for the southbound connector ramp being built.

Crews will be closing the northbound and southbound mainlanes of SH 146 at Port Road in east Harris County beginning Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m. until Monday, March 12 at 5 a.m. The closures are necessary for crews to construct the planned southbound connector ramp from SH 146 to Port Rd.

Motorists can expect delays and congested conditions during the course of the construction. Travelers are advised to seek alternate routes and allow for extra time to arrive at their destination. 

Traffic will be detoured to the northbound and southbound frontage roads during the closure and police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control.

Dowling: Scheduled Closure
March 2, 2012


 Traffic will be rerouted around the Texas Avenue-Dowling Street intersection in both north and south directions beginning 7 p.m., Friday, March 2.  METRO crews will work around the clock, through the week, until both Southeast Line and East End Line track work is complete through the intersection. Plans are to reopen to traffic by Thursday evening, March 8.  Also this Sunday, March 4, a detour will be in place on Austin and Caroline Streets at Capitol as METRO crews will be installing rail guideway at both intersections.



I-45 Gulf Frwy: HOT Lanes
February 17, 2012

Gulf Freeway drivers have a new commuting option to combat gridlock – METRO’s HOT Lane

The congestion-fighting concept is simple – drivers without passengers will now be able to use the HOV system by paying a toll, on the I-45 South HOT Lanes, prices range from $1 to $4.50, based on the time of day and level of congestion.

The Gulf Freeway is the first corridor in METRO’s 84-mile HOV network to undergo the transformation, with US 59 South, IH-45 North, US 290 and US 59 North to follow. A gradual opening of the HOT Lanes started on Monday, Feb. 13. The grand opening occurs Monday, Feb. 20.

Cash is not accepted in the HOT Lanes but drivers will be able to use any of the following authorized toll tags: Metro HOT Lanes Toll Tag, Harris County EZ Tag, TxDOT’s TxTAG or the Dallas NTTA Toll Tag.

In addition to posting updates regarding METRO’s HOV-HOT Lane conversion on the agency’s website, METRO also launched an educational campaign – I Hate Houston Traffic, which included billboards, radio spots, and print and digital ads.  The agency invited the congestion-loathing community to its Facebook and Twitter sites to open up the conversation about the project, educate and answer questions.


Major Bridge Repair: Downtown
February 9, 2012

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.

Wondering About Construction?
January 20, 2012


Expansion of Staffordshire/Stafford Rd
January 19, 2012

Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, Jan. 19th at 2:30pm

Crews expanded the two-lane asphalt open ditch roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a raised median in the center. The addition of a lane in each direction will significantly improve the mobility of traffic traveling through the Stafford area. The US 90A project in the area was completed a few years ago and Staffordshire/ Stafford Road expansion will offer a smoother tie-in to US 90A.It took crews about 18 months to complete the project that stretches about three miles from Beltway 8 to Fifth Street.



La Marque Closure: FM 1765
October 26, 2011

As of Monday, Oct 17th : FM 1765 between Delaney Road and FM 2004 in La Marque is closed to through traffic. The closure will allow crews to replace a bridge on FM 1765 that is over a drainage ditch.

Residents of the Saltgrass Crossing subdivision will still have access to FM 1765 from FM 2004. The detour route will be posted. Motorists will be able to use Delaney Road and/or FM 2004 which both run perpendicular to FM 1765 as a detour.  Detour signs will also be posted to assist with traffic control. This closure is expected to last approximately 5 months.

Hobby Airport: Roadway Closure
October 25, 2011

A major roadway pavement replacement project will shut down the existing upper-level roadway at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The roadway closure will begin in the evening of Wednesday, October 26 and is scheduled to remain in place for approximately one year.

Key points during closure period:

  • The Passenger Drop Off area will be rerouted to the second level of the attached parking garage, slightly further away from the curbside area
  • Drop offs and pickups involving wheelchairs will take place in a designated lane found closest to the terminal
  • Curbside check-in will still be available to Southwest Airlines customers on the ground level/baggage claim area
  • Drivers who are picking up arriving passengers are encouraged to use the Passenger Pick Up Waiting Lot located off of Airport Blvd. to limit congestion.  
  • Parking at Hobby Airport is limited; be prepared to park at the ecopark lots or at other off-site parking lots

Construction Alert: I-10 at 99
October 8, 2011



TxDOT tells us that construction should be complete by the end of 2011.

Construction Alert: I-45 North Frwy
October 7, 2011

I-45 North Freeway


CLOSED: Multiple mainlanes of IH 45 North Freeway northbound and southbound from Tidwell to IH 610 North Loop

TIME: Friday, October 7 at 10 p.m. until Monday, October 10 at 5 a.m.

OTHER DETAILS: Crews will first close down the southbound lanes of IH 45 North from Tidwell to IH 610 as well as the Airline and Tidwell entrance ramps and Airline and Crosstimbers exit ramps. Motorists can detour to the next available entrance or exit ramp to access the mainlanes or frontage road.

· Once complete, crews will reopen the southbound mainlanes and ramps, and close the northbound lanes of IH 45 North from IH 610 to Tidwell as well as the Crosstimbers entrance ramp and Crosstimbers and Airline exit ramps.

· In addition, crews will close one eastbound lane on the IH 610 North Loop connector to IH 45 North on Sunday, October 9 at 5 a.m. until Monday, October 10 at 5 a.m. Also, the Crosstimbers, Airline and Tidwell intersections at IH 45 North will also be closed. Motorists traveling these roads will have to turn right onto the frontage road and u-turn at the next open intersection.

The closures will alternate between the mainlanes and at least one mainlane will be open at all times. Police officers will be posted at the intersections to assist with traffic flow.

REASON: Crews will mill the existing asphalt pavement and replace it with new asphalt and striping. The work is intended to improve conditions on the heavily-traveled stretch of roadway.

Viewer Email: 45 Gulf at Dixie Farm Rd.
October 2, 2011

 Q: Jennifer,

I have not heard you mention the I-45 major traffic switch at Dixie Farm Rd. some time in the next couple of days.  The northbound sign says it will start tonight at 9:00 pm but the southbound sign I think says 10/01. 

Frank S.


A: Here’s a quote from TxDOT:

Tonight the contractor is removing a large overhead sign structure on the IH 45 north bound main lanes just before the FM 1959/Dixie Farm Rd. exit Thursday night starting at 9:00 PM.  For the contractor to remove the sign structure they will preform a rolling lane closure of the freeway north bound.  This means that the freeway might be stopped for a few minutes while the structure is lifted from it’s foundation and placed in between the main lanes and frontage road.

This weekend the contractor originally scheduled for a traffic switch on the IH 45 north bound main lanes but due to issues with the amount of work they are rescheduling for next weekend starting October 7, 2011 9:00 PM..

They however are still going to switch traffic on IH 45 south bound main lanes starting Saturday 9:00 PM October 1, 2011 until Sunday 8:00 AM October 2, 2011.  The traffic on the south bound main lanes will be detoured onto the temporary south bound main lane detour.

The freeway closure will extend until Monday 5:00 AM October 3, 2011 just in case we run into any issues. – TxDOT

Viewer Email: North Belt and Hardy Tollway
September 30, 2011

Intersection Under Construction

Q: Construction at the Beltway 8/Hardy Road intersection appears to be at a standstill leaving the area in unsafe and unsightly state. It has been this way for months. The situation is creating a traffic problem resulting in accidents and delays. Is there some explanation for why the project has been abandoned? Are they just going to leave it in a mess indefinitely? There is no doubt something being mishandled. It appears our hard earned tax money is being wasted. 

Gary J.


Hi Gary,

Great question. It is my understanding that the project was going as planned. All of a sudden, the company contracted to do the job-defaulted! They simply went out of business. TxDOT, then had to restart the bidding process over. It’s like starting from day one, but with lanes blocked and commuters wondering why no progress is being made.

TxDOT says: “We are aware of the traffic issue and are working as fast as possible to move the construction forward. It may still be a few months before you see any activity at that location.”

Sorry about your traffic troubles, but stick to an alternate route. 🙂


Grand Parkway: Extension Begins
September 14, 2011


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