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Construction Update - W129-00-00 Channel Enclosure Project
Bridges at San Felipe Street and Westheimer Road that cross a drainage ditch formally identified as W129-00-00 will be completely or partially closed while they are reconstructed as part of the Harris County Flood Control District's W129-00-00 Channel Enclosure Project. (See attached project area map.) Changes in the construction schedule have delayed the expected bridge closures from previously published dates.
As of November 2012, the work at Westheimer and San Felipe is expected to begin in early 2013. Please note that all closures are subject to change.
The bridge reconstruction projects will require all lanes on the San Felipe bridge to be closed for up to two weeks and traffic flow on the Westheimer bridge to be limited to one lane in each direction for approximately one month. The bridges will not be under construction at the same time.
The Flood Control District will establish detour routes to aid in the flow of traffic during the bridge projects and will provide an advisory to area residents, the media and other interested parties in advance of bridge construction.
In August 2011, the Flood Control District began this $13.2 million capital improvement project to improve the stormwater-carrying capacity and public safety features associated with the poorly-functioning drainage ditch that runs adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks just inside West Loop 610. This phase of the project spans the section of the drainage ditch between San Felipe and Richmond Avenue and includes the demolition and replacement of the two 50-year-old bridges at San Felipe and Westheimer.
For more information about the project, visit the W129-00-00 Channel Enclosure Project webpage at www.hcfcd.org/W129. If you have questions or comments, please call the Flood Control District's Project and Study Information Line, which is monitored daily, at 713-684-4040.