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November 19, 2007

West Sam Houston Tollway Lane Widening Project Set to Begin

November 26, 2007, marks the start of a lane widening project on the northbound lanes of the West Sam Houston Tollway, from just north of the Sam South Toll Plaza (between Briar Forest and Deerwood) to the start of the Memorial Drive exit ramp. The project, which spans a distance of 0.76 miles, is expected to be completed Fall 2008.

The northbound lane configuration over Buffalo Bayou will increase from three to five lanes, providing improved mobility just north of the Sam South mainline plaza. In addition to the lanes, a new pedestrian walkway will be installed under the widened bridge, providing safer and more convenient access to the Terry Hershey Park and bike trail.

The project will be completed in three phases:

Phase I: Installation of temporary concrete barrier wall and construction work to widen the area between the Sam South Plaza and the Boheme exit ramp.

Phase II: Widening of mainlane and the Buffalo Bayou bridge from north of the Boheme exit to the end of the bridge. The frontage road will be limited to one lane southbound and two lanes northbound from Mignon to Briar Hill Drive.

Phase III: Completion of the mainlane widening extending from just north of the Buffalo Bayou bridge to approximately 500 feet south of Boheme Drive.  One lane northbound on the frontage road will be closed during this portion of construction. 

The Terry Hershey Park parking lot, located just east of the Sam Houston Tollway, will be closed to the public during the approximate 300 day project. Upon completion, the parking facility will re-open with improvements and access to a new pedestrian walkway.

Drivers and area residents should expect long-term as well as daily closures, with most limited to nights and weekends. All closures are subject to change, due to weather, emergency work, or other events. For the most up-to-date information regarding this and other HCTRA project lane closures, access information at Houston TranStar.