From the Harris County Flood Control District:
On March 3, 2013, the Harris County Flood Control District will close two lanes of the Westheimer Road Bridge located just east of Mid Lane inside West Loop 610 in the Galleria area. Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction for up to one month while the 50-year-old bridge is demolished and replaced.
If their ultimate destination is not in the area, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area while the bridge is under construction or to use an alternate route. Possible alternate routes include West Loop 610, Memorial Drive, San Felipe Street, Richmond Avenue or Kirby Drive. Signs announcing the lane closure dates have been installed in the area. Motorists are encouraged to be alert, to pay attention to all posted street and lane closures and to take an alternate route.
The Westheimer bridge replacement is part of the Flood Control District's $13.2 million W129-00-00 Channel Enclosure Project, which is rebuilding and enclosing the poorly functioning drainage channel formally identified as HCFCD Unit W129-00-00. The work spans W129-00-00 from San Felipe to Richmond and includes enclosing the drainage channel with dual 12-foot by 10-foot reinforced concrete box culverts and replacing the bridges at Westheimer and San Felipe. The City of Houston is contributing funds to the bridge projects.
The San Felipe bridge is expected to be replaced in summer 2013. During this time, the bridge will be closed to all traffic for up to two weeks. The Flood Control District will also establish alternate routes that will aid in the flow of traffic during that bridge project. The Westheimer and San Felipe schedules are subject to change due to construction or weather issues.
For more information about the project, visit the W129-00-00 Channel Enclosure Project webpage at www.hcfcd.org/W129. If you have questions or comments, please call the Flood Control District's Project and Study Information Line, which is monitored daily, at 713-684-4040.