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Thanks, Mr. Stalin, For All The Traffic This Weekend

Blame Obama if you're stuck in hopeless traffic on I-10 East at I-45 this weekend. I-10 East will be completely closed, due to that socialistic stimulus act.

Best attempt to put a good spin on it, from TxDOT: "With progress there is often sacrifice and the work on I-10 East will be no exception," spokesperson Deidrea Samuels said.

The agita-inducing details:

Beginning Friday, November 6th at 9 p.m. until Monday, November 9th at 5 a.m., contractors will close IH 10 eastbound at IH 45 in downtown. Traffic will be detoured to IH 45 South or IH 45 North exit.

Motorists can either take IH 45 North to the North Main exit and u-turn back to IH 45 South to access IH 10 eastbound or IH 45 South to US 59 North to access IH 10 eastbound.

This closure is necessary so crews can stripe the roadway and set up concrete traffic barriers for the major freeway rehabilitation work that will begin on Monday, November 9th which will reduce IH 10 eastbound traffic to one lane from the IH 45 North and IH 45 South exit ramps to White Oak Bayou Bridge for approximately three months.

Helfully, TxDOT says drivers "should consider an alternative route."

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Update: Some relief. Some.

The Texas Department of Transportation and METRO, working together to relieve congestion during IH 10 East construction, will allow all passenger vehicles to utilize the Downtown elevated HOV bridge during the initial phase of the IH 10 eastbound reconstruction.

Effective today, TxDOT and METRO reached an agreement to open the HOV lane to all traffic, with the exception of heavy trucks, for the next three months while IH 10 eastbound through-traffic is reduced to a single lane between IH 45 and the White Oak Bayou Bridge.

The lane reduction takes effect upon the completion of the total closure work happening this weekend.

The IH 10 Downtown HOV lane will be accessible to all passenger vehicles 24 hours a day eastbound and westbound during this phase of construction. This will not only benefit single occupant vehicles, but also HOV commuters and Metro buses.

"Because of the construction, all traffic heading into downtown will be backed up. By allowing all traffic use of the HOV lane it will speed up the traffic flow allowing all traffic to get into downtown quicker, says Interim Central Houston Area Engineer Eliza Paul, P.E. She also adds, "The first couple of days may not be smooth as we continue to work out the glitches, but we are working diligently along with Metro and the City of Houston to have traffic run as efficiently as possible."

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