Gulf Freeway Should Be Avoided Tomorrow, Unless You're Honoring Houston Firefighters

Fair warning: If you're planning on using the Gulf Freeway tomorrow morning, be prepared to wait.

Houston Transtar has sent out an alert noting that the funeral services for the two fallen firemen will tie up traffic from 6 am until 1 pm.

The details:

A combined Memorial Service for fallen Houston Fire Department employees Captain James Harlow and Probationary Firefighter Damion Hobbs will begin with an 8 a.m. processional from Fire Station 93, at 911 FM 1959 (Dixie Farm Road), to Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway.

From about 6 a.m. until about 1 p.m., commuters along Old Galveston Road near Ellington Airport should expect heavier than normal commuter traffic.

At 7:30 a.m., Dixie Farm Road between Old Galveston Road and IH-45 will be reduced to a single lane in both directions as firefighters participate in a mile-long procession from Fire Station 93 westward to the church. The northbound feeder of IH-45 between Dixie Farm Road and Scarsdale will be closed to northbound traffic for the procession.

Transtar says to expect "significant delays" and advises using alternate routes.

"We thank you for your understanding as we honor the memory of these public servants," the announcement says.

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