Washburn Tunnel

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

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.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
10/22/2020

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.
10/15/2020

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 from Saturday, October 10 at 10 p.m. to Sunday, October 11 at 10 a.m. for r...
10/09/2020

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed from Saturday, October 10 at 10 p.m. to Sunday, October 11 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.
10/08/2020

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

The Washburn Tunnel has reopened.
10/08/2020

The Washburn Tunnel has reopened.

UPDATE (10/7 8:05 PM): The Washburn Tunnel has reopened. ORIGINAL POST: ⛔️ TEMPORARY CLOSURE ⛔️The Washburn Tunnel is te...
10/07/2020

UPDATE (10/7 8:05 PM): The Washburn Tunnel has reopened.

ORIGINAL POST:

⛔️ TEMPORARY CLOSURE ⛔️

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

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
09/24/2020

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

09/20/2020

Update -Tunnel is now Open:
The Washburn Tunnel is temporarily closed to allow crews to make electrical repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience-stay tuned for updates.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed from Saturday, September 19 at 10 p.m. to Sunday, September 20 at 10 a.m. f...
09/18/2020

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed from Saturday, September 19 at 10 p.m. to Sunday, September 20 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.
09/17/2020

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.
09/10/2020

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

09/08/2020
Washburn Tunnel

⚠️UPDATE⚠️

This closure has been rescheduled. The nightly alternating lane closure affecting the south traffic circle approaching the #WashburnTunnel will begin Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m. through Wednesday, September 16 at 5 a.m.

⚠️UPDATE (9/8 at 1:01 PM)⚠️

This closure has been rescheduled. The nightly alternating lane closure affecting the south traffic circling approaching the #WashburnTunnel will begin Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m. through Wednesday, September 16 at 5 a.m.

CLOSURE UPDATE:

There will be an alternating lane closure affecting the south traffic circle approaching the Washburn Tunnel beginning Tuesday, September 8 at 9 p.m. through Wednesday, September 9 at 5 a.m.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
09/03/2020

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

09/01/2020

⚠️UPDATE (9/8 at 1:01 PM)⚠️

This closure has been rescheduled. The nightly alternating lane closure affecting the south traffic circling approaching the #WashburnTunnel will begin Monday, September 14 at 9 p.m. through Wednesday, September 16 at 5 a.m.

CLOSURE UPDATE:

There will be an alternating lane closure affecting the south traffic circle approaching the Washburn Tunnel beginning Tuesday, September 8 at 9 p.m. through Wednesday, September 9 at 5 a.m.

Update (9/1/2020): This closure is now complete. Safe Travels.PLAN AHEAD: There will be nightly closures at the traffic ...
08/28/2020

Update (9/1/2020): This closure is now complete. Safe Travels.

PLAN AHEAD: There will be nightly closures at the traffic circles starting Monday, August 31. Details below. ⬇️

UPDATE: The nightly closures of the north and south traffic circles approaching the Washburn Tunnel has been rescheduled...
08/20/2020

UPDATE: The nightly closures of the north and south traffic circles approaching the Washburn Tunnel has been rescheduled for a later date.

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will still be closed from Saturday at 10 p.m. to Sunday at 10 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.

The Washburn Tunnel has reopened.
08/18/2020

The Washburn Tunnel has reopened.

***UPDATE 9:04 AM - The Washburn Tunnel has reopened. ⚠️TEMPORARY CLOSURE⚠️The Washburn Tunnel is temporarily closed due...
08/18/2020

***UPDATE 9:04 AM - The Washburn Tunnel has reopened.

⚠️TEMPORARY CLOSURE⚠️

The Washburn Tunnel is temporarily closed due to a fire at a nearby facility. Please check back for updates. #HouTraffic

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
07/30/2020

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.
07/23/2020

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

⚠️MAJOR INCIDENT⚠️A major incident at Clinton Drive is causing slow traffic conditions at the Washburn Tunnel. The tunne...
07/17/2020

⚠️MAJOR INCIDENT⚠️

A major incident at Clinton Drive is causing slow traffic conditions at the Washburn Tunnel. The tunnel remains open.

Remember to plan ahead!

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
07/16/2020

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.
07/09/2020

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

The Washburn Tunnel is now open! #DriveSafe
07/04/2020

The Washburn Tunnel is now open! #DriveSafe

⚠️Important Update⚠️The total closure of the Washburn Tunnel has been extended to Saturday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m. Don't f...
06/29/2020

⚠️Important Update⚠️

The total closure of the Washburn Tunnel has been extended to Saturday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m. Don't forget to plan ahead.

⛔️MAJOR CLOSURE⛔️There will be alternating lane closures affecting both of the traffic circles approaching the Washburn ...
06/25/2020

⛔️MAJOR CLOSURE⛔️

There will be alternating lane closures affecting both of the traffic circles approaching the Washburn Tunnel.

Maintenance crews will be refreshing the roadway striping.

This will be a nightly closure starting Saturday, 6/27 at 9 PM - Wednesday, 7/1 at 5 AM.

⚠️UPDATE⚠️The total closure of the Washburn Tunnel has been extended to Wednesday, July 1 at 5 a.m. Don't forget to plan...
06/25/2020

⚠️UPDATE⚠️

The total closure of the Washburn Tunnel has been extended to Wednesday, July 1 at 5 a.m. Don't forget to plan ahead.

⛔️MAJOR CLOSURE⛔️There will be alternating lane closures affecting both of the traffic circles approaching the Washburn ...
06/18/2020

⛔️MAJOR CLOSURE⛔️

There will be alternating lane closures affecting both of the traffic circles approaching the Washburn Tunnel.

Maintenance crews will be refreshing the roadway striping.

This will be a nightly closure starting Friday, 6/19 at 9 PM - Thursday, 6/25 at 5 AM.

⛔️TWO WEEK CLOSURE⛔️The Washburn Tunnel will be closed for repairs and maintenance starting Saturday, June 13 at 12 a.m....
06/05/2020

⛔️TWO WEEK CLOSURE⛔️

The Washburn Tunnel will be closed for repairs and maintenance starting Saturday, June 13 at 12 a.m. through Saturday, June 27 at 5 a.m.

DETOUR: Drivers will be detoured to I-610 or the Sam Houston Tollway (EZ TAG Only).

REMINDER: The Washburn Tunnel will be closed tonight from Midnight to 4 a.m. for regularly scheduled maintenance.
06/04/2020

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.
05/28/2020

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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