I-69 EASTEX NORTHBOUND MAINLANES AT THE SAN JACINTO RIVER WILL RETURN TO ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION
I-69 southbound bridge completed sooner than anticipated
HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has completed the reconstruction of the new I-69 Eastex southbound mainlane bridge over the San Jacinto River in north Harris County. Crews returned the I-69 Eastex southbound mainlanes to the original configuration this past weekend. They will now work to return the I-69 Eastex northbound mainlanes back to the original configuration this weekend.
The following closures are necessary to reconfigure the I-69 Eastex northbound mainlanes:
- I-69 Eastex northbound mainlanes between FM 1960 to Kingwood Dr., four alternate lanes closed continuouslybeginning Friday, June 29 at 9 p.m. through Monday, July 2 at 5 a.m. At least one mainlane will remain open.
- I-69 Eastex northbound exit ramp to Loop 494/ Sorters McClellan Rd. total closure continuously Friday, June 29 at 9 pm through Monday, July 2 at 5 a.m. Detour via the northbound mainlanes to the exit ramp to Northpark Dr. and then follow the frontage road to the U-Turn at Northpark Dr. to the southbound frontage road to either Kingwood Dr. or Sorters McClellan Rd.
- I-69 Eastex northbound exit ramp to Kingwood Dr. total closure continuously Friday, June 29 at 9 pm through Monday, July 2 19 at 5 a.m. Detour via the northbound mainlanes to the exit ramp to Northpark Dr.; U-Turn at Northpark Dr. and then follow the southbound frontage road to either Kingwood Dr. or Sorters McClellan Rd.
The I-69 Eastex HOV/ Express Lanes between Kingwood Dr. and the Townsen Park and Ride will also be returned to the original condition and METRO operations by 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3.
During Hurricane Harvey, the main channel of the San Jacinto River shifted, impacting the I-69 southbound mainlanes bridge over the river. As a result, the depth and alignment of the river changed affecting the foundation of the bridge. The bridge was reconstructed to overcome future shifts and to restore the load carrying capacity on the bridge.
The project was expected to take six months to complete but the contractor, Webber, LLC Construction, was able to finish work ahead of schedule.
An info sheet that includes a map of the final configuration of the main lanes can be found athttp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/hou/i69-san-jacinto-repair.pdf.