The Texas Department of Transportation will be hanging steel beams over a section of the 610 West Loop southbound as part of the construction of a new dedicated bus lane. To do that work, TxDOT will be shutting down part of the freeway this weekend and next.
Starting at 9:00 Friday night, crews will close all lanes of the 610 West Loop southbound from I-10 to Post Oak. That includes the I-10 direct connectors to 610 southbound.
The work this weekend will also affect northbound traffic on 610. TxDOT will have two inside lanes closed from South Post Oak to Woodway Drive. In addition, the US 290 east connector to IH 610 West Loop southbound will be closed.
The transportation agency’s Emily Black spoke to News 88.7 about the detours that will be in place.
"610 southbound traffic is going to be required to detour to I-10 eastbound or westbound," Black explained. "Eastbound traffic can continue downtown to I-69 south to the 610 West Loop."
Drivers westbound on I-10 hoping to access the 610 West Loop are encouraged to exit in the vicinity of downtown Houston so they can get there via I-69 southbound.
Black added that drivers on 290 will be asked to detour by continuing onto the 610 North Loop eastbound to I-45 south and then to I-69 south to reach the West Loop.
The lane closures are expected to be in place no later than 5:00 Monday morning. TxDOT says it will postpone the work in case of bad weather.
Drivers can get detailed information on road conditions on the Houston Transtar website.