In addition to this weekend's closure, the I-10/Katy Freeway eastbound direct connector ramp to Beltway 8 southbound will permanently close effective 5am, Sunday, May 4 for demolition and reconstruction. The closure of this ramp marks the last of the eight ramp closures associated with the I-10/Beltway 8 Interchange Reconstruction and is expected to re-open October 2008.
All I-10 eastbound traffic destined to Beltway 8 northbound and southbound will now be detoured to continue eastbound and take the Gessner exit, U-turn to the I-10 westbound frontage road, enter the I-10 westbound mainlanes and take the new I-10 westbound direct connector ramp to Beltway 8 northbound. Northbound traffic will continue north while southbound traffic will exit at Hammerly, U-turn to the Beltway 8 southbound frontage road and enter the Beltway 8 southbound mainlanes from Hammerly. A map illustrating these detours can be viewed on the Katy Freeway Reconstruction Program website using the link http://www.katyfreeway.org/Beltway8/I-10_Beltway8NB.html.
Motorists are reminded to expect multiple total and alternate lane closures and should be prepared for traffic delays when traveling in the vicinity of the I-10/Beltway 8 Interchange. Other closures associated with this weekend's construction activities are as follows:
- The I-10/Katy Freeway westbound frontage road at Beltway 8 will be closed beginning 9 PM, Friday, May 2 until 5 AM, Saturday, May 3. Traffic will detour right on the Beltway 8 northbound frontage road to Westview, turn left to Brittmoore, and turn left to the I-10/Katy Freeway westbound frontage road.
- The Beltway 8 southbound frontage road between Westview and I-10/Katy Freeway and the Beltway 8 southbound frontage road flyover bridge will be closed beginning 9 PM, Friday, May 2 until 5 AM, Saturday, May 3. Traffic will detour right on Westview, turn left on Brittmoore, right on the I-10/Katy Freeway westbound frontage road, U-turn at Wilcrest to the I-10 eastbound frontage road to Beltway 8 southbound.