Construction Begins April 6 on I-610 Dedicated Bus Lane Project

Contact: Emily Black

Phone: (713) 802-5022

Date: April 3, 2018

HOUSTON – TxDOT's construction on the I-610/West Loop dedicated bus lanes between the Northwest Transit Center and Post Oak Boulevard is set to begin April 6. Multiple long-term lane closures are needed to facilitate the first phase of construction on the project.  

Effective Friday, April 6, at 9 p.m., the following closures are scheduled to begin:

  • I-610 southbound exit ramp to Post Oak Boulevard will be closed. Detour by taking the San Felipe exit, turn right on San Felipe and then right or left on Post Oak Boulevard. Alternatively, take the San Felipe exit to southbound frontage road and U-turn at San Felipe north, then U-turn again onto the northbound frontage road to Post Oak Boulevard intersection.

  • I-610 southbound auxiliary lanes between the Woodway/Memorial Drive exit and the Post Oak Boulevard exit will be closed. Four I-610 mainlanes and one frontage road lane will remain open at this location.

  • The inside lane of the I-610 southbound frontage road from Woodway Drive to Post Oak Boulevard will be closed.

These three closures will be in effect from 9 p.m., Friday, April 6, until the end of this first phase of construction, which is anticipated to be complete within eight months. During this initial phase, Williams Brothers Construction will be working from south to north. The closures are necessary to allow for equipment, material delivery, workers, and overhead formwork construction to operate safely. The contractor will use the ability to remove a section of the I-610 bridge deck at Post Oak Boulevard, which was designed to facilitate a future portal for transit vehicles to be able to access the middle of Post Oak Boulevard from the center of I-610. The bridge for the elevated bus lanes will cross over the I-610 southbound mainlanes and continue on the southbound side of I-610 until it flattens out at ground level at North Post Oak Lane. 

The TxDOT project aims to improve mobility and safety by adding dedicated right of way and separating buses from general traffic and helping to reduce congestion on I-610 West Loop. This TxDOT project will work in tandem with the dedicated bus lane project under construction by the city of Houston and Uptown Management District, which is already underway from I-610 to Richmond. 

The overall TxDOT project is expected to be complete in late 2020. Road closure information will be posted at the Houston TranStar website. Get project updates on Twitter.


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