UPDATE - The Interstate 10 bridge repair is going ahead as scheduled, so the westbround lanes will be completely closed until 5 a.m. Monday--traffic must exit at Thompson. The eastbound side may face slowdowns as well.
With severe weather forecast for the weekend, plans to close the westbound lanes of the Interstate 10 bridge over the San Jacinto River for the weekend may be delayed, but a decision won’t be made until today.
Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Deidra George said Thursday the department is still waiting to make a decision.
If the project goes ahead, the westbound side will be completely closed from Friday night until early—pre-rush-hour—Monday morning. When they reopen on Monday, all westbound lanes will be open.
The full opening of the eastbound lanes will happen either the following weekend or the weekend after that, she said.
“There was always a phased opening planned with westbound lanes being completed and open first followed by eastbound,” George said.
When a decision is made, The Sun will share the information on its website at baytownsun.com and on its Facebook page.
The bridge has had lanes closed most of the last 10 months or so due to two different instances of barges hitting the support structure under the bridge.
Repairs have been made to the structure, but crews need to remove temporary barriers that have been in place during construction, then restore the lane markings to their usual configuration.