Another interstate closure is on the horizon.
Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation announced that both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 45 will be closed overnight between Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 14. The closures will be between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.
According to officials, all northbound traffic will exit at Park Road 40 (109), while southbound traffic will be forced to take the Veterans Memorial Parkway exit (114).
This closure is necessary to place beams for the new Veterans Memorial Parkway Bridge,” said Bobby Colwell with TxDOT.
Officials also noted that Hwy. 19 traffic will be detoured to Hwy. 75 southbound with access to the East Frontage Road to remain in place.
Message Boards have been placed advising of the closure and detour signs will be placed along the detour routes to alert and guide traffic through the detour. All work is weather permitting.
The closures are part of the 6-mile widening project of I-45 from 0.5 miles north of Vick Springs Road to 0.3 miles north of Hwy.19. This project will widen I-45 to six lanes and will replace the State Park Road 40 bridges and southbound Hwy.19 flyover.
“During the three-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity,” Colwell added. “I-45 and Hwy.19 will also be closed at various times for safety of the traveling public and construction workers.”
The reconstruction of I-45 will take place in two major phases. The initial phase is under way and will include the addition of Veterans Memorial bridge, northbound Hwy. 19 bridge and a new southbound Hwy. 19 flyover. The second phase will include the replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges.
Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company was awarded the construction contract for the amount of $116,878,722.89.