HOUSTON (FOX 26) - From TX-DOT
Beginning this Friday, The Texas Department of Transportation will close Spur 5 going northbound on the I-45 Gulf Freeway. The closure is the first of three phases for the I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project.
The project once complete will give this heavily traveled corridor two direct connectors at the I-45 Gulf Freeway and I-69/US 59 interchange.
A total closure of Spur 5 going northbound will take place Friday, March 3 at 9 p.m. This closure is necessary for the demolition of Spur 5 to construct the new I-69/US 59 northbound direct connector and build the Pease/St. Joseph exit at-grade.
Motorists traveling northbound on Spur 5 will need to detour to the Scott St./Downtown exit, loop around and turn right to access the I-45 northbound frontage road. Motorists can also choose to take the St. Joseph/Pease St. exit. This detour will last approximately seven months.
The $30.45 million project will improve connectivity and reduce congestion and the common weaving along the corridor. The project will:
- Reconstruct 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.
- Reconstruct the I-45 northbound to I-69/US 59 northbound direct connector. The current exit will be relocated further south.
- Construct a new Pease Street and St. Joseph Parkway exit ramp that will feed directly from I-45 northbound.
- Construct a new Cullen Boulevard entrance ramp from the I-45 northbound frontage road to the newly elevated i-69/US 59 north and southbound connector ramp which is currently Spur 5.
The project is scheduled for completion the 2nd quarter of 2019.
Be sure to visit Houston TranStar 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.