Phase I:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 9pm – Friday, April 20, 2018, at 5am

Starting April 18, 2018, the Southmore Bridge will be closed for the next 12-18 months. In preparation for the bridge work, SH 288 Northbound and/or Southbound ramps may be closed nightly but will not be closed at the same time. 

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Phase II:

Friday, April 20, 2018, at 9pm – Monday, April 23, 2018, at 5am

Full demolition of the existing Southmore bridge will occur on this weekend. Residents in the area should expect loud noises from the collapse of the structure.  

The frontage road lanes of SH 288 at Southmore Blvd will be completely closed. The on-ramps and off-ramps leading to Southmore Blvd will only be accessible for through-traffic. Police will be directing traffic in this area. Access to the frontage road near Southmore Blvd will be prohibited at:

  • Northbound: Prospect St, Oakdale St, Southmore St, and Wichita St.
  • Southbound: Wentworth Ave, Arbor St, Rosedale St, Wichita St, Southmore Blvd and Oakdale St.


Last Chance Exit:

  • From the North: Binz St will be the last exit drivers can utilize prior to I-59 before hitting the heavy construction area at Southmore.
  • From the South: Tuam St will be the last exit for drivers before hitting the heavy construction area at Southmore.

Additional signage will be posted to alert drivers of the construction in the area. Stay alert in these areas and look for directional signage.

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Phase III:

Beginning Monday, April 23, 2018, at 5am (Duration: 12-18 months)

The Southmore bridge will remain closed for the reconstruction of the bridge. However, access to the frontage road will be reopened. Multi-highway construction projects are occurring simultaneously in the Houston Metro area, so TxDOT and the Drive288 Project want to stress to travelers to #KnowBeforeYouGo.

Check social media feeds and local news stations for traffic advisories before heading to your destinations.