The I-69 southbound bridge sustained heavy damage when the San Jacinto River flooded during Hurricane Harvey. After a rapid repair project, contractors are getting ready to open what's essentially a new bridge, according to TxDOT's Danny Perez.
"The bridge columns, there were some impacts there so what we've done is reinforced those," explained Perez. "And of course we put some new bridge beams and some new bridge deck."
While those repairs were underway all traffic was rerouted to the northbound bridge. Now that the work is complete, crews have to put the main lanes back in their original configuration before the southbound bridge can reopen. Perez said they plan to keep traffic moving through the work zone while they do it.
"What we're going to do is close some alternating lanes so they'll do striping on several lanes, keep at least one lane open, hopefully two," added Perez.
The work begins at 9 p.m. Friday and Perez said they plan to finish by 5 a.m. Monday.
TxDOT also plans to do work the weekend of June 30-July 1.
TxDOT is close to completing the I-69 Eastex southbound mainlanes bridge over the San Jacinto River. Crews will work this weekend to get traffic shifted back over to the southbound side over the bridge. Get more info at https://t.co/AXZDoISpx4. pic.twitter.com/idSrM8Y4re
— TxDOT- HOU District (@TxDOTHoustonPIO) June 21, 2018