Downtown bridge closure adds to commute times

August 3, 2011 1:18:52 PM PDT
Drivers commuting via North Main should expect a change in routine as the N. Main Street bridge closes to motorists beginning Monday, August 8. Light-rail service will continue normal operations and pedestrian access on the UH-Downtown side of the street will remain in place. Northbound traffic on Main will follow this detour -- right on Franklin, left on San Jacinto, right on Rothwell, left on Hardy, right on Lyons, left on Maury, left on Lorraine to Hogan and back to N. Main.

David Couch, METRO Sr. Vice President for Capital Programs said, "We are configuring two major bridge structures for the light-rail expansion on the new North Line."

The closure between Naylor and Franklin streets allows crews to begin rebuilding the northern section of the Main St. bridge for light rail use. They'll also construct the southern part of the bridge, over the Union Pacific tracks.

Southbound traffic will be detoured as follows: left on Hogan (which becomes Lorraine), right on Maury, right on Lyons, left on McKee, right on Providence, left on North San Jacinto and connect back to Main via Commerce.

If you're walking in the area, be on the lookout for directional signage. METRO urges pedestrians to heed all signs. Those traveling the area should expect a longer commute. The detour will last a year to 14 months.

For more information about the rail expansion program visit

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