If you’re hoping to catch a home game at NRG Stadium this football season, you may need to build some extra time into your travel plans. Earlier this month, work began on a project to lengthen the Stella Link Bridge in southwest Houston, which serves as a major thoroughfare for drivers traveling in and out of NRG park.
This bridge expansion constitutes a major step forward in a plan to significantly reduce flooding along the Brays Bayou.
This plan, which was introduced in November of last year, involves widening 21 miles of Brays Bayou to provide additional flood protection to nearby neighborhoods. Once complete, Project Brays is expected to reduce the number of structures at risk of a 100-year flood from 16,800 to 1,800.
In the meantime, however, road crews will be expanding the Stella Link Bridge, Ardmore Bridge and Buffalo Speedway Bridge to facilitate the flow of stormwater in south central Harris County. Work on the Ardmore Bridge is slated to begin in august, and work on the Buffalo Speedway Bridge will begin when the Stella Link Bridge expansion is finished. The Stella Link expansion alone could take up to a year to complete.
In addition to causing travel delays for Texans fans, the bridge construction may also disrupt traffic to and from the Texas Medical Center. By staggering the three bridge expansions over the course of several months, the Harris County Flood Control District hopes to keep these traffic disruptions to a minimum. Currently, the northbound side of the Stella Link Bridge is closed and all traffic has been rerouted to the southbound side of the bridge.