Your drive into the Galleria area is about to get a lot worse

Yes, we're talking about the interchange at the West Loop and the Southwest Freeway - Starting next week, they're going to shut down for a while.

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- So the interchange of the West Loop and the Southwest freeway is one of our most congested. It looks like this for much of the day, right? And as it undergoes construction, it is unfortunately about to get a lot worse.

The congestion on US 59 as drivers approach the West Loop is present at almost all times of day. And starting this summer, you may want to take a vacation from this busy interchange. Two of the ramps to 610, already sore spots for drivers, are going to shut down for a while. First, the Southwest freeway northbound connector ramp to the West Loop northbound. TxDOT tells us this entire ramp will be closed in midsummer for approximately six months. This will make room for the construction of the new ramp. The new connector is expected to be complete in early next year.

Also, the Southwest freeway southbound ramp to the West Loop northbound, this entire ramp will eventually closed for about two months to make room for the construction of the new one. This new ramp is slated for completion in fall of this year.

So these ramps will likely both be closed at the same time at least for a period. The new ramps will be rebuilt in the exact same spot as the old ones. So crews simply cannot keep the old ramps open during construction. They've got to shut them down. And TxDOT will want you to avoid the area during that time period. They tell me the contractor has incentives on this work so they stand to receive additional funds for early and hopefully on-time completion, Eric.

- Yeah, hopefully, on-time completion. All right, Elise, a good update right there.