Rail Shuts Down This Weekend, And Drivers Face I-10 E Detours

Metro shuts down the light rail system for construction and maintenance, crews do more work on a damaged bridge on I-10 East Freeway, and Baytown officials are telling residents not to be alarmed by new cameras at intersections.

Headed downtown this weekend? Be advised that Metro is shutting down the entire Main Street light rail line for construction and maintenance work. The closure extends from the Fannin South station to the University of Houston-Downtown.

Crews will be busy doing construction work on the three new rail lines that are coming into downtown, and they’re also upgrading communications and switching systems along the entire route. Because of all that work, the rail line is shutting down at 7:45 Friday night. It’s set to reopen in time for the morning rush on Monday.

Metro says if you depend on light rail for your weekend travels, you can hop aboard a shuttle bus at any of the rail stops. The only exception is the UH Downtown stop. If that’s your destination, you’ll have to get off at Preston Street and hike a few blocks.

Downtown drivers will also be detoured on Rusk and Capital Streets because of the construction.

If you’re hitting the freeways this weekend, be aware there’s another closure on the westbound main-lanes of I-10 East Freeway at Waco Street. Crews are still working to fix the damage caused by an over-sized truck in December.

The westbound lanes will be closed from 9:00 Friday night until 5:00 Monday morning. Waco Street at I-10 is also closed.

TxDOT says drivers will be detoured onto the frontage road, and they’re cautioning drivers to anticipate delays.

Another construction hot spot this weekend is the I-10 westbound entrance ramp from Lockwood.

Drivers in Baytown may notice that cameras have been installed at signaled intersections, but officials want everyone to know they are not being used for law enforcement.

The city says the cameras are there for signal timing and traffic control. They replace an older system that used sensors in the roadway.

Baytown’s Public Works Department says the cameras are not able to zoom in on vehicles, and they won’t track license plates or record drivers.   You can learn more about the cameras here.  

You can learn more about the cameras here.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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