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I-45 NORTHBOUND DIRECT CONNECTOR PROJECT CONTINUES AS CREWS PREPARE FOR MAJOR CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND
Press Release
Thursday, November 30, 2017

HOUSTON –  The Texas Department of Transportation has several lane closures planned this weekend on I-45 through Downtown Houston as crews continue the work on the I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project. 

 The closures are necessary to prepare for the long term closure of the I-45 northbound to I-69 northbound direct connector also taking place this weekend. 

-       Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, December 1st through 5 a.m. Monday, December 4th, crews will close the two northbound outside mainlanes of I-45 Gulf Freeway from Cullen Blvd. to just before the I-45/I-69 interchange.  The closure will allow the contractor to set barricades to close off I-69 NB direct connector 

-       Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, December 1st through 5 a.m. Friday June 1st the I-45 northbound to I-69 northbound direct connector will be closed.  The closure will last 6 months.  When re-opened the connector will be relocated further south.  Due to the total closure needed for the emergency bridge deck work to repair a portion of the I-45 northbound to I-10 westbound connector motorists are advised to look at TranStar for alternate routes this weekend. Motorists can take the I-610 South Loop eastbound to access I-69 northbound or take I-45 northbound to I-69/SH 288 southbound, take SH 288 South exit at Southmore, turn left and enter SH 288 northbound to take I-69 northbound.  Motorists should expect delays and are strongly encouraged  to seek alternate routes.  

-       Beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, December 4th to 5 a.m. Wednesday, December 6th crews will again close the two northbound outside mainlanes of I-45 Gulf Freeway from Cullen Blvd. to just before the I-45/I-69 interchange.This is a nightly closure. The Scott St./Downtown Destination exit ramp will also be closed.  Motorists will still be able to access the Scott St. exit from Spur 5. 

The $30.45 million project will improve connectivity and reduce congestion and the common weaving along the corridor.  The next milestone for the project will include the reconstruction of the I-45 northbound to I/69/SH288 southbound direct connector.  The current connector is a left exit and will be converted to a right exit from I-45.

The project is scheduled for completion the 2nd quarter of 2019.   

For additional closures and detours associated with this project, please visit the Houston TranStar website at www.houstontranstar.org 

For more information on this closure contact Deidrea George at Deidrea.George@txdot.gov  or at (713) 802-5072.  All closures are subject to change due to inclement weather.  Follow us on Twitter @TxDOTHoustonPIO.




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