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Main Street closes Monday for construction, project to benefit UH-D

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Main Street closed for construction

North Main Street will close Monday, Aug. 8, between Naylor and Commerce Streets for construction of the new north light rail line and will remain closed for 12 to 18 months.

The impact on the University of Houston – Downtown community may not be as great as on the traffic moving through the area. Students typically park in lots north or south of the Main Street Bridge and walk or take shuttle buses to UH-D buildings, David Bradley, vice president for administration and finances at the university, said. Those parking lots will be open and accessible, and the shuttle buses will run with new stops to accommodate the detours and construction.

The closure is required to rebuild the northern section of the Main Street Bridge and to construct the southern portion of a new light rail bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Once completed, the new light rail line will extend 5.3 miles to METRO’s Northline Transit Center at Fulton and Crosstimbers.

During construction, through traffic will detour around the UH-D campus. Traffic on campus will follow alternate routes, and pedestrian routes will change frequently. UH-D parking lots/garages and public pay lots will remain accessible, and METRO buses and UHD shuttle buses will continue to operate.

A map for on-campus routes and through-traffic detours is available at www.uhd.edu/construction.

A flier is available here.

Pedestrians will be detoured to the sidewalk on the east side of Main. Pedestrian access will be available to UHD via the South Deck and the METRO Rail station on the Main Street Bridge. METRO will have general information at http://www.gometrorail.org/.

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