CLEAR LAKE, Texas – A space shuttle replica will float into Clear Lake on the back of a barge on Friday, June 1. It will dock near the Nassau Bay Hilton Friday afternoon before being moved to Space Center Houston on Sunday.
There will be some closures during Shuttlebration Weekend.
Friday, June 1
The Seabrook-Kemah Bridge will be closed to all motorists and pedestrians around 12:30 p.m. Friday. The closure is expected to last about 30 minutes.
Boaters are also advised to stay away from the bridge as the barge arrives.
Space Center Houston will host a free street party near the Hilton from 2 to 10 p.m.
During the event, two westbound right lanes of NASA Parkway will be closed between Upper Bay Road and Space Center Blvd. Lane closures will begin at approximately 11 a.m.
After event traffic has subsided, the westbound lanesof NASA Pkwy will reopen. The eastbound right lane of NASA Pkwy will remain closed from Lagoon Dr. to Space Center Blvd through Sunday.
Traffic congestion on NASA Parkway is expected due to lane closures, increased event traffic and spectators. Police officers and DPS will be directing and monitoring traffic in the area. It is advised that motorists who are not attending the event find an alternate route during this time.
Saturday, June 2
On Saturday, the eastbound right lane of NASA Parkway will be closed between Lagoon Drive and Space Center Blvd. This lane will be closed to ensure the safety of NASA personnel while they prepare the shuttle for ground transport.
Congestion may occur throughout the day, as equipment will be moved in and out of the work zone. Police officers and DPS will direct traffic as needed throughout the day.
Sunday, June 3
On Sunday, a parade will be held as a transporter moves the shuttle to Space Center Houston.
NASA Pkwy between El Camino Real/Erget Bay Blvd. and Space Center Blvd. will be closed from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. All east and westbound lanes will be closed.
The NASA 1 Bypass will be closed to all eastbound traffic during this time. Traffic from I-45 will need to find an alternate route.
Emergency vehicles will be given priority access if needed. Proper ID will be required to enter the roadblock.
St. John Hospital personnel and visitors are advised to arrive or leave the hospital prior to 5:00 a.m. or after 9:00 a.m.
At 3 a.m. on Sunday, the traffic signals on NASA Pkwy at St. John Dr., Upper Bay Rd. and Saturn Lane will be removed to make room for the shuttle replica. Officers will be directing traffic at each intersection during this time. Traffic signals will be immediately replaced after the shuttle has passed each intersection.
Once the shuttle has been secured and all traffic signals are working, NASA Pkwy will reopen to motorists.