Expect Heavy Traffic Around Houston This Weekend

If you’re driving around Houston this weekend you’ll need to carefully plan your route. The Texans playoff game isn’t the only thing affecting the roads.

the front of NRG Stadium

NRG Stadium erupted after last Sunday’s win against Jacksonville, as the 9-and-7 Texans took their third AFC South Division title. But it’s back to work this weekend as the Texans host a wild card matchup against the 11-and-5 Kansas City Chiefs.

Kickoff is at 3:35 p.m. Saturday. And that means you’ll see a lot of heavy traffic on the South Loop and 288, as well as streets like Kirby and Old Spanish Trail.

And if you’re going to the game, there’s also the issue of parking.

There’s no cash parking at NRG. Only fans who’ve pre-purchased a hang tag will be able to park there. Those lots will open four hours before kickoff for tailgating and fans can also linger for an hour after the game.

Now if you don’t have a hangtag, you can use one of the private lots around the stadium. Or you can park at Metro’s Fannin South Park and Ride. It costs $15.00 and that also includes light rail fare to the stadium.

The Texans game isn’t the only thing affecting Houston traffic this weekend. The Ship Channel Bridge will be closed as it converts to all-electronic tolling, and that means shutdowns on the I-10 East main lanes near the Beltway.

There’s also work on the Hardy Toll Road north of Bush Intercontinental. It’ll be closed in both directions between I-45 and FM 1960.

And on U.S. 290, drivers need to watch out for closures because of ongoing construction.

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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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