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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

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