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Beat the Traffic: Closures for construction of Texas Children's "Miracle Bridge"

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 12 at 9:14 AM

HOUSTON -- Between the ambulances, Metro light rail, and heavy traffic, driving in the medical center can be stressful.  Now, new road closures are planned around the construction of a pedestrian bridge, unlike any other in the medical center. 

"This is going to be a beautiful two story circular bridge, so that will bring our entire campus together very nicely," Cris Daskevich, Senior Vice President of Texas Children's Hospital explained.  The enclosed bridge will ensure the privacy of mothers, babies, and families using the bridge to connect to various parts of the Texas Children's Hospital campus.

Renderingings show the two-level pedestrian skyway which will connect to the new maternity building when it opens and provide a passageway over Fannin.  Once construction is complete, the overhead bridge will be the largest of its kind in the state of Texas.  "We think that in the long term it will help traffic and help pedestrian traffic across fannin since it is so busy," Daskevich told 11 News. 

In the shorterm, the intersection of Bates and Fannin at Texas Children's Hospital Entrance 10 is closed until March.  Drivers can detour to Holcombe Boulevard, and workers will be on hand to help direct traffic.  The hospital has been coordinating with Metro to minimize the impact, even working around the Texans football schedule and events at Reliant that affect traffic down the road.

"We are just hoping everybody will be a little bit patient with us through this construction process, we think they are really going to like the outcome," Daskevich said.  That outcome will help folks beat the traffic in the medical center, and provide a safe and private passage for mothers, babies, and medical professionals.

 

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