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HPD Warns Motorists of Freeway Delays This Weekend

April 7, 2006 -- The Houston Police Department wants to remind motorists to expect traffic delays this weekend in the vicinity of the I-10 West /610 West Loop interchange due to the total closure in both directions of Interstate 10 between Washington and Silber. The closure is part of the ongoing reconstruction of the I-10/610 interchange and the widening of I-10.

Texas Department of Transportation officials have notified HPD that starting today (Friday, April 7) at 9 p.m., and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday, April 10, a contractor will close all main lanes of I-10 between Washington and Silber.

Detailed maps illustrating detour options can be accessed at http://www.katyfreeway.org or by calling TXDOT at 281-589-5924.

Houston Police Department officials have been meeting regularly with TXDOT officials as part of Mayor Bill White's mandate to increase mobility and minimize the impact that freeway construction projects have on motorists. "We want to encourage drivers to, if possible, avoid the area entirely by using alternate routes," said HPD Executive Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo. "HPD will also place officers on extra duty at strategic locations along the freeway service roads to assist with the flow of traffic for those motorists in the area," Chief Montalvo added.

RMM/JFC 4-7-06

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.