Partial closure of I-45 in Downtown Houston scheduled for Nov. 4-9, one lane to remain closed through Dec. 1

Drivers can expect delays in Downtown Houston this weekend, as the Texas Department of Transportation will close three of four lanes along I-45 beginning Saturday, Nov. 4, according to a statement from TxDOT. The closure allows TxDOT crews to place a concrete barrier and finish construction on a two-lane exit ramp at St. Joseph Street and Pease Street as part of a $30.45 million project to improve the I-45 northbound corridor at I-69.

  • Three northbound lanes of I-45 from Telephone Road to I-69 will close at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Drivers will be able to access direct connectors between I-45 and I-69.

  • One lane will open to traffic at 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, providing two northbound lanes for drivers.

  • Another lane will open to drivers at 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

  • One lane will remain closed to traffic through Dec. 1, creating a new three-lane configuration along I-45 for drivers.

  • Additionally, the northbound entrance ramp at Scott Street will close at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

Alternate routes

According to TxDOT, drivers can expect delays and should consider alternate routes this weekend.

  • Drivers traveling northbound from I-45 to I-69/Hwy. 288 South can detour to westbound lanes of Loop 610 East, continue northbound on Hwy. 288 and access I-69.

  • Drivers traveling northbound from I-45 to I-69 North can detour to eastbound lanes of Loop 610 East, continue onto I-10 westbound and access I-69.

TxDOT's direct connector project between I-45 northbound and I-69 is slated to wrap up in the second quarter of 2019. According to a statement, the project seeks to improve connectivity and reduce congestion in the area. The project includes reconstructing the I-45 northbound to I-69 southbound and northbound direct connectors.

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.