HOUSTON - The San Felipe Street Bridge near Mid lane is being torn down.
With the orange cones and construction equipment comes the closure of a busy road in River Oaks.
"It's going to be terrible traffic even worse than it already is," said
a resident who lives nearby.
The closure is expected to last two weeks. But the project is already behind a day because of recent rain.
The closure is a necessary part of the flood control district's $13.2
million channel enclosure project.
The bridge is 50-years-old and it needs repairs. A box culvert will be put below to improve drainage.
In the meantime drivers are planning to stay away.
"I've been thinking about it, I will probably take Memorial Drive a lot of time and do things that way. I guess Westheimer, I'm not happy about it," said Galleria resident Terri Romano.
Nearby businesses are prepared to take a hit.
"It's going to affect us, the people who come from over there they need to find a way to get here and they might not come over here," said River Oaks Cleaners employee, Cristy Cusodio.
The alternate routes are the West Loop, Memorial Drive, Richmond or Kirby.
Copyright 2013 by Click2Houston.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.