I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project Continues as Crews Prepare for Major Weekend Closure


Contact: Deidrea George

Phone: (713) 802-5072

Date: Oct. 31, 2017


HOUSTON – TxDOT will close three of four mainlanes on I-45 through Downtown Houston this weekend. The closure is necessary to place concrete barrier along the mainlanes and complete the construction of the new St. Joseph/Pease Street two-lane exit ramp. 

  • Beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, crews will close three northbound mainlanes of I-45 Gulf Freeway from Telephone Road to just before the I-45/I-69 interchange. Motorists will still be able to access the I-45/I-69 direct connectors.   

  • Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, crews will open an additional lane to traffic.  

  • One final lane will open at 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. The new three-lane configuration will last through Dec. 1.  

  • The I-45 Scott Street northbound entrance ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, through 5 a.m. Thursday,  Nov. 9.

Motorists should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes. To avoid delays, motorists traveling through downtown on I-45 northbound that want to access I-69/SH 288 southbound direct connector can detour to I-610 East Loop westbound to SH 288 northbound to access I-69 southbound.

Motorists traveling through downtown on I-45 northbound that want to access I-69 northbound can detour to I-610 East Loop eastbound to I-10 westbound to access I-69 northbound. 

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

  • The reconstruction of 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.

  • The reconstruction of the I-45 northbound to I-69/US 59 northbound direct connector. The current exit will be relocated farther south.

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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