Transportation

Part Of The U.S. 290 HOV Lane Will Close For Construction

Thousands of commuters will have to find a new route as TxDOT constructs a new ramp. It’s all part of the 290 widening project.

The U.S. 290 HOV lane connects with Metro’s Northwest Transit Center.

TxDOT is building a new HOV ramp to the Northwest Transit Center and to do that work they have to pour concrete. TxDOT’s Karen Othon says they only way they can do it safely is to close the HOV lane underneath.

“And in order to build this one cap to hold the supporting bridge structure, it requires equipment. And like I said, the wooden forms underneath the structure to be placed while the concrete cures.”

So what does this mean for commuters? Othon says the 290 HOV lane will close after the evening rush on Friday between the Northwest Transit Center and Hempstead Road. They’re hoping to have it back open before the morning commute on Monday April 17.

During that closure, Metro will put extra buses on its commuter routes to help avoid delays for riders.

As for drivers, Othon says plan your route carefully.

“We’re only going to have one signed detour route and police officers out there helping with the signals on the signed detour route. But if there are other ways that people can get around it then most definitely they can take those. Whatever’s easier for them.”

The work is part of a larger project to widen 290 between the 610 Loop and FM 2920 near Waller. TxDOT expects to complete the work next year.

 

 

 

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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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