The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) is in the final stage of converting the Hardy Toll Road to all-electronic tolling.
HCTRA has scheduled a complete closure of the Hardy Toll Road, including the Hardy North plaza, the Hardy South plaza and the Airport Connector on Friday, July 15 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) though Monday, July 18 at 5:00 a.m.
The road closure will impact all lanes of the Hardy Toll Road and the Hardy Airport Connector in both directions.
All entrance ramps to the Hardy Toll Road, including from IH 45, the Sam Houston Tollway and IH 610 will also be closed during this time.
Starting at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14, HCTRA will close the cash lanes and divert all traffic through the EZ TAG lanes on the Hardy Toll Road, including Hardy North, South and Airport Connector plazas. At that time, tolls will be waived on the Hardy and construction crews will begin to decommission tolling equipment at the plazas. Traffic can continue to drive on the Hardy until noon on Friday, July 15.
The Hardy Toll Road will close completely on Friday, July 15 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), when contractors will begin to clear the area and demolish all three main lane plazas.
The Hardy Toll Road will reopen on Monday, July 18 at 5:00 a.m. as an all-electronic toll road.
Drivers should expect delays this weekend when traveling this section of the tollway and are advised to plan ahead.
In addition to the Hardy conversion to all-electronic (EZ TAG) tolling, on Monday, July 18 the new Hardy Toll Road direct connectors between the Grand Parkway will also open to traffic.
After the conversion, construction work will continue on the multi-phase widening project, which will add a third lane in each direction from FM 1960 to the Grand Parkway. The widening project is expected to be completed in early 2017.
The widening project will improve traffic flow in the area and will give Houston drivers a much smoother safer drive.