TxDOT Watches Roads; No Changes Planned for Hwy 6

Local Texas Department of Transportation officials are keeping a close eye on Highway 6 and I-45 as evacuees from the Gulf coast make their moves away from Hurricane Ike.

Traffic wasn't reported to be all that much heavier on Highway 6 in TxDOT's Bryan District, but that could certainly change over the course of the next day as residents, especially those in Houston, flee Ike.

Houston city leaders said earlier Thursday they would do everything possible not to contraflow traffic out of town, which involves changing the direction of highway lanes in order to get folks out of town safer.

If contraflow were to go into effect, Highway 290 to Hempstead and I-45 to Dallas could have major changes.

Highway 6 will not be contraflowed according to TxDOT, responding to what officials there have called a "vicious rumor" of closures or lane changes to the major highway through the Twin Cities.

Thursday afternoon, this note concerning Washington County came in from TxDOT officials:

"The Texas Department of Transportation will be allowing two lanes to exit from the SH 290 (Houston)/SH 36 (Waco) roadway to US 290 (Austin). This area is known as the cloverleaf on the west side of
Brenham. This is being done to help the increased traffic maneuver better through this area. Motorists should obey all traffic control devices and personnel."

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