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Major Traffic Delays Expected This Weekend On Two Downtown Houston Freeways

Drivers are urged to avoid I-10 westbound at Waco Street and northbound I-45 Pierce Elevated.

Thinking about heading into downtown Houston this weekend? You may want to look for another route, as TxDOT is planning some major freeway closures.

The first trouble spot is on I-10 east of downtown as crews make repairs to a bridge. TxDOT’s Danny Perez says they’re shutting down all the westbound mainlanes early Saturday morning. They’re scheduled to be closed until 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

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I-45 near downtown Houston.

“Recently the Waco Street Bridge was struck by an oversized vehicle so we have to go in there and repair the bridge. In order to do that we’re going to have to shut down I-10 West at Waco,” Perez explains.

Another spot to avoid is the northbound I-45 Pierce Elevated. It’s not going to be totally closed, but Perez says there will be lane closures between U.S. 59 and I-10 as crews prepare for maintenance work.

“This will allow crews to install temporary pavement markings for an upcoming traffic switch to facilitate construction work and also to place some beams and some bridge deck,” Perez says. 

The work on the Pierce Elevated is set to wrap up by 5:00 a.m. Monday. TxDOT says theere couldbe some delay of that work if storms roll in this weekend.

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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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