Transportation

Flood Control District Changes Plans For Ardmore Bridge Closure

The closure for the Brays Bayou bridge is being delayed after neighbors say they didn’t get enough information about traffic impacts.

Earlier this month the Harris County Flood Control District announced it was closing the Ardmore Street Bridge for reconstruction. It’s part of a long-term flood control project along Brays Bayou.

District officials now say they’ll keep the bridge open to traffic while the contractor completes work that doesn’t require traffic detours. They expect the bridge to stay open through the end of the year and they also plan to meet with neighbors who’ve requested additional information about the project.

The change comes at the request of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis. Ellis said in a news release that there weren’t enough community meetings about the Ardmore reconstruction and constituents are now concerned about its impact, especially during the busy holiday season.

While expressing support for Project Brays, Ellis added “there is a clear need for better outreach and an equitable process that ensures every community is given the same opportunity to participate in the process.”

Also slated for improvement are the Buffalo Speedway Bridge and the Stella Link Bridge. The Buffalo Speedway Bridge is now closed and that work should take about a year. The Flood Control District says it will start work on Stella Link Bridge once Buffalo Speedway is finished.

The district adds that the two bridges will not be closed at the same time.

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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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