Flooding Keeps Yale St. Bridge Open But Closes Hwy. 6 and 290

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Replacement work on the Yale St. bridge over White Oak Bayou now won’t start until the 25th, according to an update from TxDOT. The original planned construction start drifted past in the middle of Monday’s deluge; no changes have been mentioned yet for expected 2018 reopening date.

Meanwhile, TxDOT’s Yoakum office says it’s keeping an eye on US 59 in Wharton County to the southwest of town, though that highway is not closed at the moment according to the agency’s interactive mapping system (pictured above). The map shows areas of road closures, flooding, and construction, with written descriptions for each site clarifying which lanes are affected, by what, and how badly. Zooming in further gives a clearer picture of the extent of some of the closures — below is a view of west Houston, showing the stretch of Hwy. 6 near the Addicks reservoir that could be closed for the next 4 to 6 weeks: 

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Road Closures as of 9:30 AM, 4/21

The stretch between Clay Rd. and Park Row Dr. is highlighted in dark blue above, just north of I-10. Also shown, as of earlier this morning: closures on 290 between Telge and Skinner roads, and a passable-but-please-be-careful stretch of FM 2855 between FM 529 and I-10.

Maps: TxDOT

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4 Comment

  • Can anyone explain WHY it will take over a year and a half to replace this bridge? That seems like an inordinate amount of time.

  • Rita, lowest bidder wins and schedule is where they can make the most savings by reducing personnel counts. Even with a long schedule I’m still going to assume the worst and that it’s doubtful anyone will be driving across a new Yale bridge in 2018.
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    Was wondering why the I10 / BW8 traffic has been so terrible lately; didn’t know about the HWY6 closure. Such a shame that HCTRA is legally allowed to underfund their freeway interchanges to the point where they bring interstate traffic to a complete stand still. All that money taxpayers spent on widening I10 for nothing.

  • It’s Bureaucracy.
    Hooray Bureaucracy!

  • Except joel, manpower in large civil projects is not the largest part of the costs. Builders save money by accelerating schedules, minimizing equipment cost, purchasing materials and supplies before escalation and inflation occur, reducing the number of mob and demob actions and using manpower more efficiently. Dragging out projects benefits no one and bidders normally bid to the owners proposed schedule.