All northbound and southbound I-69 main lanes will be closed at Loop 610 starting from 8 p.m. April 21 and running through 5 a.m. April 24, according to an April 19 news release from TxDOT. During the closure, crews will work on placing bridge beams for the new Loop 610 southbound bridge.
During the closure, southbound drivers should take the connector to Loop 610, take the San Felipe Road exit, U-turn at San Felipe Road, take the next entrance ramp onto Loop 610 southbound and take the connector to I-69 southbound. Northbound drivers should take the connector ramp to Loop 610 southbound, take the Bellaire Boulevard exit, U-turn at Bellaire Boulevard, take the next entrance ramp onto Loop 610 northbound and take the connector to I-69 northbound.
In addition to the main lane closures, the following closures are also slated to take place over the April 21 weekend, according to Houston TranStar:
- The I-69 northbound connector ramp to northbound Loop 610 will be completely closed from 8 p.m. April 21 through 5 a.m. April 24. Drivers should take the connector to Loop 610 southbound, exit at Bellaire Boulevard and U-turn back to Loop 610 northbound.
- The I-69 southbound entrance ramp from Weslayan Street will be closed from 8 p.m. April 21 through 5 a.m. April 24.
- The I-69 northbound and southbound high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be completely closed at Loop 610 from 8 p.m. April 21 through 5 a.m. April 24.
The $259 million I-69/Loop 610 project has been underway since 2017 and involves building new two-lane connector ramps in addition to new shoulders on Loop 610. It is intended to improve mobility and safety by widening the ramps, increasing sight distances and providing remedies to eliminate weaving, or the rapid movement of vehicles between lanes.
The project is slated for completion in 2024, though TxDOT officials said there are incentives in place to encourage the contractor to complete certain phases faster.