HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation is completing milestone after milestone on the I-69/I-610 interchange project, but they’ve still got a couple of years left before the work is complete.
Up next on their list-- the 610 West Loop bridge over I-69 Southwest Freeway.
If you’re traveling from Bellaire or Meyerland up on 610 West Loop towards the Galleria area, you’ve most likely driven on the bridge over the Southwest Freeway and by the end of this year, that bridge is going to look a lot different.
Right now, TxDOT crews are doing the preliminary column work to build the new 610 bridge over 59. TxDOT will start with the northbound side and then when that side of the bridge is done, they’ll continue on the southbound side.
“We’re gonna have periodic closures, but what we’re really trying to tell folks is seek an alternate route... bypass the area, unless they really have to go through this interchange. That’s why (we) have the Westheimer exit closed off the 610 northbound exit, because we’re using that capacity that space to continue the main lanes,” according to Danny Perez with TxDOT.
TxDOT is hoping to open this exit by the end of summer 2022.
Now, the 610 bridge over the Southwest Freeway should be complete and open to traffic by early 2024, and by the end of that same year, the entire interchange should also be complete.