$259 million project to take five years
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) joined community leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders to celebrate the rebuilding of one of the most congested interchanges in Texas – the I-69/ I-610 West Loop Interchange.
Texas Transportation Chairman J. Bruce Bugg Jr., U.S. Rep. John Culberson, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, State Rep. Sarah Davis, TxDOT Houston District Engineer Quincy Allen, and other elected officials, stakeholders and TxDOT project staff converged upon the I-69 HOV lane near the I-610 West Loop to mark the occasion recently.
“Texas’ strong economy is generating unprecedented population growth and to keep this momentum going we have to address some heavily congested areas in some of our largest cities,” said J. Bruce Bugg Jr., Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission. “We are proud to announce the start of the I-69/ I-610 non-tolled interchange project in Houston as a Texas Clear Lanes project which will help to provide relief and get motorists moving. This project will certainly address current and future demand and it will significantly improve mobility and continue economic growth for many years.”
Williams Brothers Construction recently began preliminary work on the I-69/ I-610 West Loop Interchange project with plans to start major construction early next year. The I-69/I-610 interchange is a major connection point of two extremely busy highways serving the Greater Houston area. The $259 million project will improve safety and mobility while reducing congestion by widening the connector ramps to two lanes, increasing sight distances, and providing remedies to eliminate weaving. The project also calls for adding shoulders on the I-610 West Loop mainlane bridge over I-69 and adding detention ponds.
Construction will be phased and will include nighttime and weekend road closures. The project has incentives and disincentives to encourage the contractor to complete various phases sooner than anticipated.
The project is expected to take about five years to complete. Road closure information will be posted at www.houstontranstar.org. Follow @HOU610at69 on Twitter for updates and more on the project.