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Early Warning: Your Weekend Traffic Nightmare Will Involve the East Freeway Near Downtown

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TxDOT wants you to know it just might suck driving on I-10 near downtown this weekend.

From 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, all eastbound mainlanes of I-10 East Freeway between the Eastex (a.k.a. U.S. 59) and Gregg Street will be closed.

You'll be diverted onto various service roads, and we all know how much fun that can be.

"The closure is necessary for crews to repair the Meadow Street Bridge east of downtown Houston," TxDOT says. "Motorists should expect delays and should consider an alternate route if possible."

The bridge was damaged by a vehicle too tall to make it underneath.

The details:

Motorists traveling eastbound on IH 10 East Freeway will be detoured via the Jensen Street exit to the IH 10 eastbound frontage road and allowed to reenter the mainlanes of IH 10 using the Gregg Street entrance ramp.

During the same time, a connector and two entrance ramps in the area will also be closed:

I-10 East Freeway entrance ramp from San Jacinto Detour to IH 10 eastbound frontage road to McKee. Turn right on McKee, left on Nance, right on Jensen, left onto IH 10 eastbound frontage road to the Gregg Street Entrance ramp.

US 59 Eastex Freeway northbound connector to IH 10 eastbound Detour to the Collingsworth exit. U-turn at Collingsworth to enter the US 59 Eastex southbound mainlanes. Continue on US 59 Eastex southbound to the connector ramp to IH 10 East eastbound.

I-10 East Freeway eastbound entrance ramp from Chartres Street/ Runnels Detour to the IH 10 westbound entrance ramp to enter IH 10 westbound. Exit at San Jacinto. Left on San Jacinto, left on Rothwell Street (IH 10 eastbound frontage road) to McKee. Turn right on McKee, left on Nance, right on Jensen, left onto IH 10 eastbound frontage road to the Gregg Street Entrance ramp.

TxDOT says "Those destined to areas east of downtown Houston should consider using the IH 610 Loop to bypass the closure."


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