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Traffic delays ahead of Thanksgiving weekend for Memorial Drive at North Eldridge Parkway intersection

November 12, 2018

Drivers this upcoming holiday may want to avoid the Memorial Drive at North Eldridge Parkway intersection, as at least two lanes of traffic are scheduled to be closed for construction crews.

Motorists should expect delays at Eldridge Parkway beginning Nov. 19 through Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to information from the Energy Corridor District.

“There’s going to be a few lane closures on the East Side of the Memorial/Eldridge intersection, because the Turkey Creek Bridge is being demolished and reconstructed,” said Fabiana Demaire, Energy Corridor District urban planner. “In order for crews to work on that reconstruction, they have to close two of the adjacent lanes of traffic.”

The median lane separating the northbound and southbound part of Eldridge Parkway will be removed and replaced with temporary pavement, she said, adding that two through lanes of traffic would still be maintained to allow for cars to pass.

The holiday repairs are just the beginning of a $40.3 million reconstruction projection on street and drainage improvements at the North Eldridge Parkway and Memorial Drive intersection, as it wraps up work at Dairy Ashford.

The city of Houston approved a new design for the project in September, Demaire said.

“So as right now what is happening is that the Energy Corridor District is adding some hardscape works and landscape works on the sidewalks,” Demaire said. “We’re doing some other beautification of the Memorial/ Eldridge intersection.”

Bids for the million-dollar deal have already gone out and District officials expect to have a contractor in place by mid-December, Demaire said.

Once the contractor is hired, the District can have a clearer timeline of when the entire project will be completed.

Demaire said she believes the end of 2019 is a fair estimate.

“That could be a good ideal time,” she said.

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

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