S.M. Wright Freeway Removal
A new boulevard will replace it
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Page last updated or reviewed: June 23, 2021 (create)
The new connection to Interstate 45 opened in July 2020. Work could then start on the freeway removal. The freeway is being replaced with a six-lane, architecturally-enchanced boulevard. These images start at the south end and proceed northward.
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High resolution Looking north at Elsie Faye Heggins street. The overpass and embankment are removed, and the pavement for the replacement street is in place. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
Looking north at Pine Street. The overpass and embankment are removed. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
Looking north at Pine Street. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
The freeway was still open going northbound north of Pine Street in June 2021. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
Going northbound on the freeway main lanes. The southbound lanes at this location are permanently closed. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
The next crossing is at Metropolitan Avenue. This overpass is still intact. It is in use by northbound traffic but is closed to southbound traffic. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
Driving northbound on the main lanes. Ahead the closure of the southbound lanes is visible. This view features an old design light fixture with support rods. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
In the southbound direction, traffic is forced to exit at the Metropolitan Avenue exit. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
(Photo date: 19-June-2021)
High resolution Looking north, north of Metropolitan Avenue (Photo date: 19-June-2021)
The Pennsylvania Avenue overpass remains intact and is still in use by both directions of traffic in June 2021. (Photo date: 19-June-2021)