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Traffic Alert - Major Weekend Closure of I-45 Gulf Freeway
Contact: Deidrea George
Phone: (713) 802-5072
Date: May 5, 2017

HOUSTON – TxDOT will continue work this weekend on I-45 Gulf Freeway from FM 528 to Scarsdale Boulevard as crews work toward substantial completion of the I-45 South project, which will open the remaining two northbound lanes mid-May. 

Beginning 9 p.m., Friday, May 5, until 5 a.m., Monday, May 8, the following will be closed:

  • Two northbound lanes on I-45 Gulf Freeway between FM 528 and Scarsdale Boulevard. The work will take a phased approach with crews working on and opening one section at a time to minimize impact to the traveling public. 

May 12 to May 15

  • Crews will again close I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound mainlanes between FM 528 to Scarsdale Boulevard. This work will complete the final lane configurations on the northbound mainlanes of the I-45 Gulf Freeway and will allow all five lanes to be opened by mid-May. 

The tentative opening date for the HOV extension is Summer 2017 up to El Dorado and Spring 2018 for the NASA bypass. 

As work comes to a close on the I-45 projects from Beltway 8 to Bay Area Boulevard, work will ramp up on the next portion of the I-45/Gulf Freeway widening into Galveston County. 

The project stretching from FM 518 to FM 517 began earlier this year and will add two additional mainlanes and one additional frontage road lane. 

Beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 5, until 5 a.m., Monday, May 8, the following will be closed:

  • Total closure of I-45 Gulf Freeway southbound mainlanes from FM 518 to FM 517. 

Motorists will need to exit at FM 518 onto the frontage road and re-enter the mainlanes south of FM 517. 

Motorists should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes. Officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control.   

Additional closures related to this project and other roadways can be found at Houston TranStar. All closures are subject to change due to inclement weather. Follow us on Twitter.


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