Travelling north-south through Baytown will get a little slower Monday when the Texas Department of Transportation closes Highway 146 and Alexander Drive for repairs to the overpass where the roads cross.

The closure is scheduled to begin Monday night and will last about three months, according to a TxDOT spokeswoman.

Deidra George from TxDOT said southbound traffic will have to stay on the frontage road instead of getting on the freeway north of Alexander Drive. It will narrow to one lane, then enter the freeway at the entrance ramp just south of Alexander.

Northbound traffic will have to take the Alexander Drive exit and stay on the frontage road past Alexander.

Traffic on Alexander Drive both eastbound and westbound will be narrowed to one lane and be forced to turn right onto the frontage road. From there, drivers can either enter Highway 146 or U-turn to get back to Alexander.

Both alternatives to Highway 146 present their own challenges, as Highway 99 has reduced lanes and detours in several locations due to continuing construction.

Interstate 10 remains narrowed to two lanes in each direction at FM 3180 (Eagle Drive). Two lanes of westbound Interstate 10 will be closed at the San Jacinto River Bridge during the day Saturday, according to Houston Transtar. Also, the eastbound exit ramp to Garth Road remains closed.

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