Houston drivers heading downtown on I-10 this weekend should prepare for major closings while the Texas Department of Transportation prepares to work in the area.
TxDOT will close I-10 east and west near downtown for the rebuilding of the Elysian Viaduct Bridge (north of downtown) and for repairs to the Houston Avenue Bridge over I-10.
Drivers can follow the closings on Houston TranStar, on Twitter @TxDOTHouston, Facebook and on Instagram at TxDOTHouston.
Here is a breakdown of the closures by TxDOT.
On Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m., the I-10 main roads in an easterly direction between Shepherd Drive and I-69 will be closed through Monday, October 19 at 5 a.m. to repair the Houston Avenue Bridge over I-10 and continue work on the Elysian Viaduct Bridge over I-10. TxDOT advises motorists to use the 610 West Loop as an alternative route to bypass the closure.
Also from Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m., the I-10 main roads to the west between I-69 and I-45 remains closed until Saturday, October 19 at 5 p.m. The crews will pour the concrete bridge deck over I-10 – an important step in completing the entire Elysian Viaduct. Motorists traveling west on I-10 East Freeway will be diverted onto I-69 south to I-45 north to I-10 west.
Expect additional closings related to the Elysian Viaduct project this weekend, including multiple connection ramps and multiple entry and exit ramps. The police will be there to assist with traffic control. take to the streets this weekend.
The Elysian Viaduct Bridge project involves replacing and expanding the bridge structure to accommodate paved shoulders and adding shoulders to the four-lane road and a wider sidewalk along the north-facing alleys between Runnels and Ruiz streets. The project is expected to be completed this year.
Meanwhile, work on the Houston Avenue Bridge is required to carry out repairs on the bridge after several heavy-duty vehicle strikes. The bridge will eventually be replaced as part of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project.