Parts of 59, 610 Loop closed this weekend; Check here for construction updates

Here are the updated traffic trends for Houston highways

HOUSTON – If you’re headed out this weekend, construction could impact your drive. Here is a list we’ve compiled with the information we have so far from the Texas Department of Transportation, just in case.

Houston TranStar has a full list of active closures, as they finalize the projects that will continue this weekend. For a full updated list, click here.

KPRC 2 Meteorologist Caroline Brown has assembled this list of work-zone hot spots that are confirmed as of Friday morning. Traffic expert Anavid Reyes will be back next week!

Weekend closures:

Southwest Freeway

  • As part of the I-610 West Loop/ I-69 Southwest Freeway interchange project, the Texas Department of Transportation will close all northbound and southbound main lanes of I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. until Monday, September 26 at 5 a.m.
  • Crews will continue demolition of the old I-610 southbound main lane bridge, which spans over the I-69 Southwest Freeway main lanes. The same closure will also take place the following weekend starting on Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m. until Monday, October 3 at 5 a.m.
  • To facilitate this work, there will be a number of additional ramp closures that will take place.

Gulf Freeway

  • Gulf Freeway northbound FM 517 entrance ramp in League City will close all weekend starting Friday night from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday. Drivers can use the FM 646 entrance ramp instead, to get back on the northbound main lanes.

Northwest Freeway

  • The eastbound and westbound main lanes from Barker Cypress Road to Mueschke in Cypress, drivers will see one inside lane continuously from 4 a.m., Saturday, September 24 to 11 p.m., Sunday, September 25.

Weekend event closures:

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

If you’re headed out to Galveston Island this weekend, make sure you are aware and plan for street closures due to the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival.

  • The annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival will be held in historic downtown Galveston September 23-24. The event is an island favorite and features two full days of shrimp, music and fun. Some of the event activities include a shrimp gumbo cook-out, gumbo tasting, outdoor music shows and the Shrimp Festival 5K.
  • Please anticipate the following road closures from 6:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24:
    • Strand from 22nd to 24th streets
    • 23rd Street from Harborside Drive to Mechanic Street

Long-term closures:

59/610 interchange

  • Starting Friday, April 29 at 9 p.m., crews will close the I-69 Southwest Freeway southbound connector ramp to I-610 West Loop southbound for two years.
  • The Chimney Rock exit from the Southwest Freeway southbound main lanes for the next two months.
    • DETOUR: Traffic will take the Fountain View exit ramp, U-turn at Fountain View onto IH 69 northbound feeder, to reach Chimney Rock Road

North Freeway

  • The southbound I-45 North Freeway service road, south of Cypresswood Drive is closed due to the Cypress Creek Bridge being reconstructed by TxDOT. If you need to get a location south of the area towards FM-1960, you need to get on the main lanes of I-45 and exit at Richey Road.

Gulf Freeway

  • Northbound and southbound lanes on the Gulf Freeway from FM-518 to FM-517 in League City will have one lane closed in each direction happening daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, September 30.

75th Street Bridge over Brays Bayou

  • Crews will shut down the 75th Street bridge over Brays Bayou for bridge repairs. This closure is now active and will be in place for a year. An alternate route in the area to consider is Harrisburg to Wayside.

About the Authors:

Traffic expert and What’s Driving Houston reporter, proud Latina, lover of animals, food and our beautiful planet.

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.