TRAVEL ALERT: Demolition and Reconstruction of the I-45 Northbound to I-69/SH 288 Southbound Direct Connector
Beginning at 9pm Friday, Jan. 25, TxDot crews will permanently close the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound direct connector to I-69/SH 288 southbound.
The closure will remain in place until June 28. Yes, you read that correctly.
HOUSTON – The I-45 Northbound Direct Connector project will start another major milestone next weekend as crews begin reconstruction of the I-45 northbound to I-69/SH 288 southbound direct connector. The current connector is a left exit and will be converted to a right exit from I-45.
Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, crews will permanently close the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound direct connector to I-69/SH 288 southbound. Motorists will continue northbound on I-45 Gulf Freeway along Pierce Elevated to I-10 East back to I-69 southbound. The closure will remain in place until Friday, June 28 when motorists will utilize the new connector.
There are several additional closures that weekend as crews demolish the existing I-69 southbound connector ramp; a few are highlighted below. For additional closures related to the demolition this weekend, please visit Houston TranStar website. The closures will take place beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 through 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Crews will completely close the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound mainlanes from Cullen to the I-69 Interchange.
Motorists will detour to Spur 5 and take the Scott St. exit or the I-69 NB exit. From Scott St., motorists can proceed along the I-45 northbound frontage road to the Pease St. entrance ramp from I-45 N. Motorists taking I-69 northbound can take I-69 NB to I-10 W back to I-45 N.
Crews will close the I-69 southbound connector ramp to I-45 southbound beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28.
Motorists will take I-69 to I-10 West to I-45 South. The Pease/St. Joseph exit ramp will also be closed.
Motorists will need to detour to I-69 N and exit Scott St. and take the northbound frontage road to Pease St. To access St. Joseph motorists can turn left on Emancipation to the St. Joseph intersection. The I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound mainlanes from Scott St. to Cullen will be closed nightly beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 through 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Motorists will detour to Pease St. and enter I-45 at the Pease St. entrance ramp.
Lastly, crews will close the I-45 Gulf Freeway Southbound mainlanes from Allen Parkway to the I-69 interchange from 6:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26th through 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 28th. Motorists on I-45 can detour to I-69 North or South. I-10 West traffic can detour to I-69 S to I-45 S., should expect delays, and are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes.
The new I-69 connector ramp, once completed, will join the new Spur 5 and I-45/I-69 direct connector. The project is scheduled for completion the 2nd quarter of 2019. The $30.45 million project will improve connectivity and reduce congestion and the common weaving along the corridor.
For more information on this closure contact Deidrea George at [email protected] or (713) 802-5072. Also be sure to visit the Houston TranStar website for a complete list of closures related to this construction project and other Houston District closures. All closures are subject to change due to inclement weather. Follow us on Twitter.
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