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Spur 5 to Close This Weekend as I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project Gets Underway
Contact: Deidrea George
Phone: (713) 802-5072
Date: March 1, 2017

HOUSTON – Beginning this Friday, TxDOT will close Spur 5 going northbound on the I-45 Gulf Freeway. The closure is the first of three phases for the I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project.

The project once complete will give this heavily traveled corridor two direct connectors at the I-45 Gulf Freeway and I-69/US 59 interchange.

A total closure of Spur 5 going northbound will take place Friday, March 3, at 9 p.m. This closure is necessary for the demolition of Spur 5 to construct the new I-69/US 59 northbound direct connector and build the Pease/Saint Joseph exit at-grade.

Motorists traveling northbound on Spur 5 will need to detour to the Scott Street/Downtown exit, loop around and turn right to access the I-45 northbound frontage road. The Saint Joseph/Pease Street exit will also be closed. This detour will last approximately 7 months.

The $30.45 million project will improve connectivity and reduce congestion and the common weaving along the corridor. The project will:

  • Reconstruct the I-45 northbound to I-69/US 59/SH 288 southbound direct connector. The current connector is a left exit and will be converted to a right exit from I-45.
  • Reconstruct the I-45 northbound to I-69/US 59 northbound direct connector. The current exit will be relocated further south.
  • Construct a new Pease Street and Saint Joseph Parkway exit ramp that will feed directly from I-45 northbound.
  • Construct a new Cullen Boulevard entrance ramp from the I-45 northbound frontage road to the newly elevated I-69/US 59 north and southbound connector ramp, which is currently Spur 5.

The project is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019.

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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