Shuttlebration Begins this Weekend on Clear Lake

(Information about this weekend’s community Shuttlebration on Clear Lake)

This weekend, beginning Friday, June 1, Space Center Houston, in partnership with other private and government agencies, will be coordinating the arrival of a full-size, space shuttle mock-up at their facility.

The model will transit the Houston Ship Channel and enter Clear Lake sometime early Friday afternoon. On Sunday, June 3, the model will be moved on NASA Parkway to its new home on the grounds of Space Center Houston.

Space Center Houston is planning “Shuttlebration Weekend” to celebrate the model’s arrival. Public interest in the event is expected to be high, roughly on a par with a July 4 celebration. In addition, public safety and security concerns will force the closure of main roads in and around the Clear Lake area at various times through the weekend. Motorists should avoid this area or seek alternate routes.

For additional information on Shuttlebration activities, traffic disruption and volunteer opportunities go tohttp://www.spacecenter.org/shuttlebration.html.  Public safety messages for the event will be posted throughout the weekend on the Harris County Regional Joint Information Center at http://www.readyharris.org/go/doc/1829/1422663/.

For those employees who live in the Clear Lake area, please be advised of the following road closures during the Shuttlebration weekend.
Seabrook-Kemah Bridge Closure

On Friday, June 1, 2012 Space Center Houston along with community partners will transport a full-size shuttle replica, the High Fidelity Shuttle Model, via barge into Clear Lake. While the shuttle enters the lake the Seabrook-Kemah Bridge will be closed to all motorists and pedestrians.

The bridge closure will take place sometime between 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (time is subject to change).  It is estimated the bridge will be closed for thirty minutes.

Motorists are advised to find an alternate route while the shuttle is transported under the bridge. Please observe all traffic signs and public safety officials during the closure.

NASA Parkway Lane Closures on Friday, June 1

Once the shuttle clears the Seabrook-Kemah Bridge it will then continue moving through Clear Lake and dock at the Johnson Space Center NASA Road 1 dock next to the Nassau Bay Hilton hotel between 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Space Center Houston will hold an event in celebration of the shuttle’s arrival beginning at 2:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1. In the interest of public safety prior to, during and after the event, both the east and westbound right lanes of NASA Pkwy will be closed. The lane closures will occur between Upper Bay Road and Space Center Blvd.

Lane closures will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 1. After event traffic has subsided the westbound right lane of NASA Pkwy will reopen. The eastbound right lane of NASA Pkwy will remain closed from Lagoon Dr. to Space Center Blvd.

Traffic congestion on NASA Pkwy is expected due to lane closures, increased event traffic and spectators. Police officers and DPS will be directing and monitoring traffic in the area. It is advised that motorists who are not attending the event find an alternate route during this time.

NASA Parkway Lane Closures on Saturday, June 2

On Saturday, June 2, 2012 the eastbound right lane of NASA Pkwy will be closed between Lagoon Drive and Space Center Blvd. This lane will be closed to ensure the safety of NASA personnel while they prepare the shuttle for ground transport.

Congestion may occur throughout the day, as equipment will be moved in and out of the work zone. Police officers and DPS will direct traffic as needed throughout the day.

In order to keep traffic flowing motorists are advised to observe and obey all traffic signs and public safety officials. Do not stop or slow down to view or take pictures of the shuttle.

NASA Parkway Road Closure on Sunday, June 3
On Sunday, June 3, 2012 NASA Pkwy between El Camino Real/Egret Bay Blvd. and Space Center Blvd. will be CLOSED beginning at 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. All east and westbound lanes will be closed.

The NASA 1 Bypass will be closed to all eastbound traffic during this time. Traffic from I45 will need to find an alternate route.

Emergency vehicles will be given priority access if needed. Proper ID will be required to enter the roadblock. St. John Hospital personnel and visitors are advised to arrive or leave the hospital prior to 5:00 a.m. or after 9:00 a.m.

At 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 3 the traffic signals on NASA Pkwy at St. John Dr., Upper Bay Rd. and Saturn Ln.  will be removed. Officers will be directing traffic at each intersection during this time. Traffic signals will be immediately replaced after the shuttle has passed each intersection.

Once the shuttle has been secured and all traffic signals are properly working NASA Pkwy will reopen to motorists.

Please observe and obey all traffic signs and detours during this time frame.