Washburn Tunnel

Washburn Tunnel The Washburn Tunnel is a two-lane underwater motor vehicle tunnel connecting Galena Park and Pasadena.

Operating as usual

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
09/02/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER:Nightly closures beginning tomorrow at the Washburn Tunnel:August 23 - August 26, 10 PM - 4 AMDuring this time,...
08/22/2021

REMINDER:

Nightly closures beginning tomorrow at the Washburn Tunnel:
August 23 - August 26, 10 PM - 4 AM

During this time, TxDOT will conduct its biennial inspection of the Washburn Tunnel, which is required by the Federal Highway Administration for all tunnels within the United States.

REMINDER:

Nightly closures beginning tomorrow at the Washburn Tunnel:
August 23 - August 26, 10 PM - 4 AM

During this time, TxDOT will conduct its biennial inspection of the Washburn Tunnel, which is required by the Federal Highway Administration for all tunnels within the United States.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, August 21 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, August 22 at 10 a.m. for reg...
08/20/2021

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, August 21 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, August 22 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, August 21 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, August 22 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

PLAN AHEADNightly closures coming up at the #WashburnTunnel: August 23 -August 26, 10 PM - 4 AMDuring this time, TxDOT w...
08/20/2021

PLAN AHEAD

Nightly closures coming up at the #WashburnTunnel:
August 23 -August 26, 10 PM - 4 AM

During this time, TxDOT will conduct its biennial inspection of the Washburn Tunnel, which is required by the Federal Highway Administration for all tunnels within the United States.

PLAN AHEAD

Nightly closures coming up at the #WashburnTunnel:
August 23 -August 26, 10 PM - 4 AM

During this time, TxDOT will conduct its biennial inspection of the Washburn Tunnel, which is required by the Federal Highway Administration for all tunnels within the United States.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
08/05/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

⚠️PLAN AHEAD⚠️The Washburn Tunnel will be closing early for routine maintenance this week. The tunnel will be closed beg...
07/27/2021

⚠️PLAN AHEAD⚠️

The Washburn Tunnel will be closing early for routine maintenance this week. The tunnel will be closed beginning Thursday, (7/29) at 10 p.m. through Friday (7/30) at 4 a.m.

⚠️PLAN AHEAD⚠️

The Washburn Tunnel will be closing early for routine maintenance this week. The tunnel will be closed beginning Thursday, (7/29) at 10 p.m. through Friday (7/30) at 4 a.m.

📢 LYNCHBURG FERRY UPDATE 📢The Lynchburg Ferry is temporarily extending their weekend hours of operation to accommodate i...
07/21/2021

📢 LYNCHBURG FERRY UPDATE 📢

The Lynchburg Ferry is temporarily extending their weekend hours of operation to accommodate increased traffic from the Fred Hartman Bridge construction. Details below. ⬇

📢HEADS UP📢

The Lynchburg Ferry is extending weekend hours to accommodate increased traffic during the Fred Hartman Bridge construction. The temporary hours of operation will become effective Saturday, July 24 through Sunday, August 29.

Weekend hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

More info: https://www.hctra.org/News/LF_Extended_Hours

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight, July 17 at 10 p.m. through tomorrow, July 18 at 10 a.m. for regula...
07/17/2021

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight, July 17 at 10 p.m. through tomorrow, July 18 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight, July 17 at 10 p.m. through tomorrow, July 18 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
07/08/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

06/16/2021

⚠Update⚠️

Red Bluff is now open as of 8:25 p.m.

⚠Update⚠️
Due to high water, the Red Bluff is currently closed at the railroad crossing. Please use alternate routes!

UPDATE: This closure has been rescheduled. The tunnel cleaning will take place from June 26  at 10 p.m. through June 27 ...
06/12/2021

UPDATE: This closure has been rescheduled. The tunnel cleaning will take place from June 26 at 10 p.m. through June 27 at 10 a.m.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, June 12 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, June 13 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, June 12 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, June 13 at 10 a.m. for regular...
06/11/2021

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, June 12 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, June 13 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, June 12 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, June 13 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, May 8 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m. for regularly s...
05/07/2021

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, May 8 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, May 8 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

The Lynchburg Ferry is open! As a reminder, use of the ferry remains free of charge. Stay up-to-date on ferry operations...
04/26/2021

The Lynchburg Ferry is open!

As a reminder, use of the ferry remains free of charge. Stay up-to-date on ferry operations by visiting the Lynchburg Ferry page or the Lynchburg Ferry webpage at hctra.org/LynchburgFerry

The Lynchburg Ferry is open!

As a reminder, use of the ferry remains free of charge. Stay up-to-date on ferry operations by visiting the Lynchburg Ferry page or the Lynchburg Ferry webpage at hctra.org/LynchburgFerry

Big news: The Lynchburg Ferry is reopening! More info below. ⬇
04/22/2021

Big news: The Lynchburg Ferry is reopening! More info below. ⬇

We are excited to announce that the Lynchburg Ferry will resume operations Monday, April 26 at 4:30 a.m. Use of the facility remains free of charge.

As a reminder, our hours of operations are:
➡ Mon.-Fri., 4:30 AM – 8:00 PM
➡ Sat. & Sun. 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM

More info: hctra.org/News/Lynchburg_Ferry_Reopening

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
04/22/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

03/30/2021
HCTRA Incident Response Team

Thank you, Commissioners Court and Commissioner Adrian Garcia (Harris County Precinct 2), for today’s proclamation recognizing the hard-working HCTRA #IncidentResponseTeam, who work hard every day to help stranded motorists on the HCTRA system.

This group of extraordinary men and women rescue drivers in potentially dangerous and stressful situations while striving to provide excellent customer service.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
03/26/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, March 20 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, March 21 at 10 a.m. for regul...
03/19/2021

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, March 20 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, March 21 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, March 20 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, March 21 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
03/18/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
03/11/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

UPCOMING CLOSURE: Federal Road will be closed between Washburn Tunnel and IH-10. More details below. ⬇
03/11/2021

UPCOMING CLOSURE:

Federal Road will be closed between Washburn Tunnel and IH-10. More details below. ⬇

UPCOMING CLOSURE:

Federal Road will be closed between Washburn Tunnel and IH-10. More details below. ⬇

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Friday, February 19 at 8 AM.Please continue to check back for updates o...
02/19/2021

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Friday, February 19 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Friday, February 19 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Thursday, February 18 at 8 AM.Please continue to check back for updates...
02/18/2021

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Thursday, February 18 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Thursday, February 18 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Wednesday, February 17 at 8 AM.Please continue to check back for update...
02/17/2021

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Wednesday, February 17 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Wednesday, February 17 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Tuesday, February 16 at 8 AM. Please continue to check back for updates...
02/16/2021

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Tuesday, February 16 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel remains open as of Tuesday, February 16 at 8 AM.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #hounews

⚠️ROADWAY ALERT⚠️Both directions of the Washburn Tunnel have reopened.Please continue to check back for updates on roadw...
02/15/2021

⚠️ROADWAY ALERT⚠️

Both directions of the Washburn Tunnel have reopened.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #HouNews

⚠️ROADWAY ALERT⚠️

Both directions of the Washburn Tunnel have reopened.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #HouNews

⚠️ROADWAY ALERT⚠️Both directions of the Washburn Tunnel are temporarily closed due to power loss in the tunnel.Please co...
02/15/2021

⚠️ROADWAY ALERT⚠️

Both directions of the Washburn Tunnel are temporarily closed due to power loss in the tunnel.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #HouNews

⚠️ROADWAY ALERT⚠️

Both directions of the Washburn Tunnel are temporarily closed due to power loss in the tunnel.

Please continue to check back for updates on roadway conditions. #houwx #txwx #HouNews

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
01/28/2021

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

UPDATE (8:56 AM): The Tunnel has reopened.
01/20/2021

UPDATE (8:56 AM): The Tunnel has reopened.

UPDATE (8:56 AM): The Tunnel has reopened.

The #WashburnTunnel is currently closed due to a disabled vehicle. Crews are working to clear the tunnel as soon as possible.

Please stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE (8:56 AM): The Tunnel has reopened. The #WashburnTunnel is currently closed due to a disabled vehicle. Crews are ...
01/20/2021

UPDATE (8:56 AM): The Tunnel has reopened.

The #WashburnTunnel is currently closed due to a disabled vehicle. Crews are working to clear the tunnel as soon as possible.

Please stay tuned for updates.

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel will be closed Saturday, December 12 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, December 13 at 10 a.m. for...
12/11/2020

REMINDER: The #WashburnTunnel will be closed Saturday, December 12 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, December 13 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

UPDATE 2:11 PM: The tunnel has reopened. ⛔️ TEMPORARY CLOSURE ⛔️The Washburn Tunnel is temporarily closed for mechanical...
12/02/2020

UPDATE 2:11 PM: The tunnel has reopened.

⛔️ TEMPORARY CLOSURE ⛔️

The Washburn Tunnel is temporarily closed for mechanical repairs. Please check back for updates

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, November 21 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, November 22 at 10 a.m. for...
11/19/2020

HEADS UP: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed Saturday, November 21 at 10 p.m. through Sunday, November 22 at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
10/29/2020

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

Address

3100 Federal Rd
Houston, TX
77015

General information

Named after Harris County Auditor Harry L. Washburn, the Washburn Tunnel opened on May 27, 1950. It is the South's largest and first toll-free vehicular tunnel. Merritt-Chapman and Scott Corporation of New York, engineered the $7 million project. Six major operations were required to successfully construct the Tunnel. First, a trench 90 x 40 feet had to be dug. Second, large cement sections had to be locked into position 85 feet under water. Finally, the last touches, such as tiling the inside, were completed. Ventilation is supplied by three automatic high-speed blower fans. Located on top of the Tunnel, the fans provide complete air exchange within 2 minutes. These fans are designed to keep the air free from high levels of carbon monoxide. Tunnel Cleaning and Maintenance Hours The Tunnel closes every Thursday night from midnight to 4 a.m. on Friday and the second Saturday of each month from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday for maintenance.

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