CitizensNet Banner

December 13, 2012

Yale Street Bridge Upgrades Planned

The Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE) has announced a schedule for ugrades to the Yale Street Bridge that will, when finished, result in an increase in the bridge's weight limits. The process will involve installation of external carbon strip reinforcement on the bridge beams. The schedule for completing the work is as follows:

  • Material Testing - complete
  • Engineering/design - (on-going)
  • Advertise for construction - January 2013
  • Receive bids - February 2013
  • Award contract - March 2013
  • Complete rehabilitation - April 2013

In the interim, monthly inspections of the bridge condition will continue. PWE reassures the public that the structure remains safe for public use. The Texas Department of Transportation concurs with this position, writing in recent correspondence to the city: "The Yale Street Bridge at its current rating is still considered safe and not a public safety concern." While PWE works to complete the upgrades, the bridge's current weight restriction is a maximum of 3,000 lbs. per axle. Most cars, SUVs, and light trucks do not exceed these restrictions. You can find the weight limit of your vehicle on the sticker attached on the driver's side door.

Signage is in place to notify commercial vehicles and large trucks that their use of the bridge is prohibited - Heights Blvd is the alternative route for this traffic. The Houston Police Department continues enforcement efforts and PWE is remotely monitoring bridge traffic to identify possible overweight vehicle violations. In addition, traffic operations staff is making routine checks on general functionality of traffic flow in the area to preclude factors that may lead to congestion.

For further information contact Alvin Wright at 832.395.2455 or email at alvin.wright@houstontx.gov.


Register for CitizensNet

Add cityofhouston@houstontx.gov to your address book to ensure proper delivery of CitizensNet emails and to prevent spam filters from blocking the emails. Follow these instructions.

Change your email address or Update your record

View CitizensNet Archive

Go to www.houstontx.gov for information about City of Houston activities/events.

Fan Us, Mayor's Facebook Fan Us, Mayor's FacebookFollow Us on Twitter Follow Us on TwitterWatch us On YouTube Watch Us on YouTube

Disclaimer: All information, excluding your email address, is generally subject to public disclosure
under the Texas Public Information Act (See Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code).

Thank you for your interest in CitizensNet.
Mailing Address:  City of Houston | P.O. Box 1562 | Houston, Texas 77251
City Hall Address:  City of Houston | 901 Bagby | Houston, Texas 77002

Unsubscribe from CitizensNet

Council Members: Helena Brown • Jerry Davis • Ellen R. Cohen • Wanda Adams • Mike Sullivan • Al Hoang • Oliver Pennington • Edward Gonzalez • James G. Rodriguez • Mike Laster • Larry V. Green • Stephen C. Costello • Andrew C. Burks, Jr. • Melissa Noriega • C.O. “Brad” Bradford • Jack Christie
Controller: Ronald C. Green