Texas Department of Transportation will close both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 45 near Huntsville next weekend.
The closures will begin, weather permitting, at 7 p.m. on Friday as TxDOT plans to close southbound I-45 along with the Hwy. 19 southbound direct connect through 4 a.m. on June 17. TxDOT is also planning to close both northbound lanes of Interstate 45 at 9 p.m. Friday and will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday. The closures were initially scheduled for Tuesday.
According to the TxDOT release, a detour will be in place.
Drivers on I-45 northbound should exit using the new Hwy. 75 exit, north of Park Road 40. Southbound traffic will exit at Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and reenter I-45 south of Park Road 40. Traffic on Hwy. 19 will exit at Hwy. 75.
Traffic will be detoured with signage indicating the routes.
“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,” TxDOT media coordinator Bobby Colwell said.
The closures are part of the six-mile widening project of I-45 from 0.5 miles north of Vick Springs Road to 0.3 miles north of Hwy. 19. The project will widen the interstate to six lanes and replace the 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 southbound Hwy. 19 will also be closed at various times for safety of the traveling public and construction workers.”
The reconstruction of Interstate 45 will take place in two major phases, with the second phase to include widening the interstate through Huntsville and the replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges.
Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling through work zones, stay alert, and watch for workers.