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Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation announced Friday that southbound I-45 and Hwy. 19 southbound direct connect will be closed at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 17. Interstate-45 northbound will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, June 14 until 7 a.m. Saturday, June 15.

All northbound I-45 traffic must exit using Exit 112; the new Hwy. 75 exit ramp north of Park Road 40. All southbound I-45 traffic must exit using exit 114; Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and re-enter IH-45 south of Park Road 40. Southbound Hwy. 19 to I-45 southbound traffic must exit at SH 75.

"This closure is necessary to work on the bridge deck on the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Bridge over I-45 and to place a box culvert under the existing southbound lanes," said Bobby Colwell with TxDOT. "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."

The closure was initially scheduled for Tuesday.