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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Press Release
Friday, May 11, 2018

HOUSTON – The keen observation of a motorist traveling along the Beltway 8 East southbound to I-10 East westbound and eastbound connector and their subsequent report to the Texas Department of Transportation led to the immediate inspection and closure of the connector.  

A call came in Wednesday morning to the TxDOT Denison Travel Information Center regarding uneven pavement on the bridge deck. Our Bridge Division in Austin followed up with the caller and then immediately sent out local bridge and maintenance personnel to the location to assess the situation.  It was discovered that the uneven pavement was due to a change in the bridge bearing area which led to the subsequent offset on the bridge deck.

Once the damage was found, TxDOT and HCTRA crews immediately mobilized to close the connector for the safety of the traveling public and to begin emergency bridge inspections. 

After further assessment and review, crews began structural repairs this morning and will complete the repairs in time to re-open the connector Monday, May 14th at 5 a.m. 

  • Motorists traveling southbound on Beltway 8 wanting to exit I-10 eastbound or westbound will stay on Beltway 8, exit Woodforest Blvd. and take the Beltway 8 southbound frontage road to the I-10 eastbound or westbound frontage road.

“We take all damage report calls seriously and in this case the efforts of the caller to make sure this information was relayed to our office as well as the immediate responsiveness of our Bridge Division, Maintenance Crew and the Harris County Toll Road Authority allowed us the opportunity to swiftly take action in the interest of safety for the traveling public,” said Quincy Allen.

Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route. Police officers will be on site to assist with traffic control during peak travel hours.

For additional information related to this closure and other lane closures in the Houston District contact Deidrea George at (713) 802-5072. 

Also be sure to visit the Houston TranStar website at or Drive Texas at for a complete of list of Houston District closures.  All closures are subject to change due to inclement weather.  Follow us on Twitter @TxDOTHoustonPIO.

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