I-45 closures to watch for in the Bay Area from Jan. 29-Feb.7

From FM 1764 to FM 1765, two of three I-45 main lanes will be closed the weekend of Jan. 30. (Community Impact staff)
From FM 1764 to FM 1765, two of three I-45 main lanes will be closed the weekend of Jan. 30. (Community Impact staff)

From FM 1764 to FM 1765, two of three I-45 main lanes will be closed the weekend of Jan. 30. (Community Impact staff)

The Texas Department of Transportation will be switching I-45 southbound main lanes into the next construction phase this weekend, which could result in delays for motorists.

From FM 1764 to FM 1765, two of three I-45 main lanes will be closed, according to a news release from the city of La Marque. This will involve the closures of exit and entrance ramps beginning at 9 p.m. Jan. 29 and ending 5 a.m. Feb. 1. During the times of the short-term closures, contractors will stop traffic and resume service in short bursts.

During the weekend of Feb. 6, the Holland Road overpass will be removed along I-45 to begin a multiphase construction project. The project involves the Holland intersection being flipped so I-45 passes over Holland, then constructing a new intersection so I-45 passes over Lago Mar Boulevard. The intersections for Holland and Lago Mar will be open to east-west traffic by the end of 2022, per TxDOT documents.

Residents can register for Houston TranStar Road Closure alerts to receive the most up to date and accurate information. All closures are subject to change due to weather, emergency work, or other events.

Click here for links to detour maps and more about the I-45/Holland project.

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.



Only people 12 years old and older may currently receive the federally approved coronavirus vaccines. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Nearly half of Galveston County’s population now vaccinated for COVID-19

About three in every four county residents are likely to get vaccinated, Galveston County local health authority Philip Keiser estimated in May. Another 25% to 30% of the county’s nearly 333,000 residents would need to get vaccinated for the county to reach herd immunity by the standards of national experts.

Karen Alexander (right) said she and other University of Houston-Clear Lake nursing faculty have worked to ensure the mental well-being of their students as much as possible amid the pandemic. (Courtesy of UHCL)
Bay Area health care workers 'accept, adapt and overcome' to adjust to challenges amid COVID-19

The realities of COVID-19 have led to the exacerbation of an already-present nursing shortage across the Texas Gulf Coast region, which includes Houston, local and regional experts said.

Houston approves residential water rate increase after delays, contentious vote

Houston’s residential water rates will increase Sept. 1, City Council approved in a 12-4 vote June 23.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research released its 2021 State of Housing for Harris County and Houston report on June 22. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kinder Institute 2021 State of Housing report highlights rental squeeze for lower, middle-income households

As of 2019, one in every 11 renters in Harris County had an eviction notice posted to their door; one in every 25 renter households were also evicted.

The craft beer industry is growing in the Greater Houston area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Greater Houston area's craft brewery count grows 344% since 2013

According to NAI Partners, the Greater Houston area has 71 craft breweries.

(Courtesy city of League City)
Bay Area officials trying to make watershed study projects feasible

Additional study and federal and state funding are necessary before officials can implement millions of dollars of potential regional drainage solutions.

Clear Lake High School basketball players and Clear Lake City Elementary students during a Character Court session. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)
Two Clear Creek ISD high schools receive national recognition for character development programs

Cleat Lake and Clear Brook high schools received 2021 Promising Practice designations from www.character.com for their character development programs.

Chief Ratliff says he still keeps in touch with the man he saved following their reunion this May. (Courtesy city of League City)
League City police chief reunites with man he saved this spring

Chief Ratliff says he still keeps in touch with the man he saved following their reunion this May.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session will begin July 8. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces special legislative session to start July 8

Agenda items will be announced before the session begins, according to a release from the governor's office.

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Here is what Lagoonfest Texas visitors need to know this summer

The Texas City lagoon features millions of dollars worth of new upgrades this season, including a swim-up bar.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Hospital system reports 2.2% positivity rate, down 13% year to date

COVID-19 patient numbers at medical center hospitals are down to 309 from the over 2,000 patients those same hospitals were housing in January.