HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, has postponed the closure of the Southwest Freeway northbound connector ramp to I-610 West Loop northbound yet again due to heavy rain in the Houston area.
Officials said crews will try again next week/weekend.
In addition, the southbound connector ramp to 610 closes Monday at 9 p.m. Both ramps are part of a much bigger project that wraps up in 2024.
Once the northbound connector to 610 shuts down, the demolition process begins, starting with the portion of the ramp that doesn’t impact the main lanes of the Southwest Freeway traffic below.
“Once we get over the main lanes of I-69, we’re going to have to close I-69 northbound and I-69 southbound for the entire weekend,” said Danny Perez, a spokesperson with TxDOT. Drivers should anticipate nightly closures once the major portion of the ramp has been dismantled.
So here’s your alternate route: Use the Fournace/Bellaire newly-constructed exit ramp, continue on West Loop southbound to then make a quick U-turn under the West Loop to travel northbound. Enter the northbound main lanes on the West Loop as soon as you are able.