Downtown detours: Ramp closures to last into 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Drivers heading through downtown Houston will have to reconsider their usual route starting Friday night.

TxDOT has announced the closure of two major interstate ramps as part of the Elysian Viaduct reconstruction.

The ramp closures begin Friday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. and are not scheduled to reopen until Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Here's the full list of closures:

  • I-10 eastbound connector ramp to US-59 southbound
  • Total closure including entrance ramp from San Jacinto Street to I-10 eastbound
  • Detour: I-45 southbound through downtown to US-59 southbound or US-59 northbound and U-turn at Collingsworth

US-59 northbound connector ramp to I-10 westbound

  • Total closure including the Chartres entrance ramp
  • Detour: I-10 eastbound and U-turn at Waco Street

TxDOT is planning additional lane closures along I-10 through downtown and on nearby streets and entrance ramps surrounding the Elysian Viaduct.

The reconstruction began in 2017. It's a major connector into downtown, and while these interstate ramps should reopen in February, the Elysian Viaduct is not scheduled for completion until Spring 2020.

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