The Southwest Freeway will be closed both ways at the 610 West Loop again starting Friday at 8 p.m.
The closure is part of a six-year highway project that involves interstates 69 and 610, some of the busiest roadways in Texas. The project includes knocking down old overpasses and building new ones that will help facilitate traffic movement.
Danny Perez is the public information officer for TxDOT's Houston District. He said construction, which started in 2018, is reaching its end.
"But now we're at a point that anything that we touch, it's going to impact traffic in some way, shape or form," he said. "So we're just asking the folks and the traveling public to work with us. We're getting close to the end and this project will be wrapped up."
Perez said the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 69 will re-open by Monday morning. The 6-year project is expected to be completed in Summer 2024.
In the meantime, Perez said Houstonians should prepare for alternate routes before traveling this weekend.
"Look at the signage along the freeways, but also check your favorite app," he said. "Not while you're driving, but while you're in your driveway, or before you leave your house, or before you go to a destination."
There are various resources Houstonians can use to prepare for any traffic delays, Perez said. He said TxDOT is partnered with various groups on ConnectSmart. He said applications like Google Maps also use information from Houston Transtar to stay up to date.
"We do work to make sure that the information we put on Houston Transtar is accurate and up to date," he said. "I do know that some of those folks pull from that data. So whenever we do have a closure, they will put that into their system. But it's a constant flow of information."