Houston Ship Channel Bridge Closes For Toll System Installation

Brace for some major traffic tie-ups on Houston’s highways this weekend. It starts with the Harris County Toll Road Authority closing the Houston Ship Channel bridge on the beltway.


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Map of alternative routes


The steady stream of traffic over the ship channel bridge will be coming to a halt. Work crews will be installing new roadside tolling equipment at the bridge plaza.

Harris County Precinct 8 Constable John Isom says they’re now prepping for the big closure.

“They’ll set up traffic control devices, barrels, closure signs and start at 9 p.m. with the actual closure, shutting down the entrance ramps and the main line,” Isom says.    
He says motorists should plan ahead, expect delays and allow additional travel time for detours and alternate routes.

“The best alternate routes are going to be Highway 146 and Loop 610. You could also use the Washburn Tunnel or the Lynchburg Ferry, but they cannot handle the amount of traffic that your main highways could,” Isom says.

Toll road officials will be onsite to direct traffic and inform drivers of their options.

Isom says the new equipment will make travel over the bridge easier.

“It will definitely help with the traffic flow in this area, eventually when it does become all electronic tolling,” Isom says.

The Toll Road Authority says about 82,000 vehicles use the toll bridge over the ship channel on weekends. The bridge is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday.

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