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The northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 45 along with the Hwy. 19 southbound direct connect will be closed on June 11, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation announced Thursday. 

I-45 southbound and the Hwy. 19 southbound direct connect will be closed from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. that day, while I-45 northbound will be closed from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m.

All northbound I-45 traffic must exit using 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. Southbound Hwy. 19 to I-45 southbound traffic must exit at Hwy. 75.

"This closure is necessary to work on bridge deck on the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Bridge over I-45," 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 construction of the six miles widening project of I-45 is underway with construction 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 3-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity. 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 I-45 will take place in two major phases. Phase 1 is under way and will include the addition of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, northbound Hwy. 19 bridge and a new southbound Hwy. 19 flyover. The second phase will include replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges. 

Stay tuned to www.itemonline.com for updates on the closures. 

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