I-10 reopens after 2 major closures

TxDOT now says it's going to be hours before the hazmat spill blocking I-10 westbound near the 610 West Loop is cleared. (TranStar photo)
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Traffic was a nightmare for drivers who usually head westbound on the Katy Freeway Tuesday evening. 

The lanes have been blocked since this morning when a big rig spilled formic acid on I-10 westbound near the 610 West Loop. Later, all the lanes of I-10 East at Houston Avenue were shut down when a heavy truck hit the overpass. 

The Houston Fire Department worked with a contractor to clear the scene. They had to offload the big rig's contents before they could tow it. 

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There is no danger to the public and there are no evacuations or shelter-in-place orders in effect at this time.  

Drivers are advised to start planning alternate routes. Here are some suggestions from KHOU 11 Traffic Reporter Darby Douglas:

  • 69/59 Southwest Freeway
  • San Felipe
  • Westheimer
  • Richmond
  • Loop 610 to 290 and Hempstead Hwy.

More information from Alert Houston: 

Park & Ride and METRO Bus Service

People using METRO Park & Ride should visit ridemetro.org, or follow @METROHouAlerts on Twitter for information on impacts to Park & Ride service along I-10. 

Katy Managed Lanes

For information on the Katy Managed lanes along I-10, visit the Harris County Toll Road Authority website at hctra.org or on twitter at @HCTRA.

Steps to Take

Houston residents affected by the traffic associated with this closure should:

  • Expect significant delays on their ride home.
  • Check with family and friends to make alternate plans for picking up children if needed.
  • Ensure vehicles have enough fuel before heading out towards the west side. 
  • Follow TxDOT message signs and Houston Police instructions. 
  • If possible, attempt to avoid traveling during peak times.  This may mean spending more time in the downtown or inner loop area. For a list of downtown events happening this evening, visit downtownhouston.org

Stay Tuned

For up-to-date traffic information, visit HoustonTranstar.org and follow @HoustonTranstar and @TxDOTHoustonPIO on Twitter. 

Additional alerts will be issued as appropriate, and posted to houstonemergency.org