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News Release
Friday, May 19, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORY - TXDOT to Close Portions of I-10, I-45 this Weekend
as Part of Ongoing Improvements

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says that two areas of the City will experience closures as part of ongoing improvement efforts. The following information is provided by the TxDOT Houston District:

I-45 North Freeway at I-10 Katy Fwy

TxDOT will continue construction of I-45 Northbound at White Oak Bayou this weekend.

Crews have planned the following closures:

Beginning at 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, May 20th  and 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 21st the following will be closed.  

  • I-45 northbound mainlanes between I-10 and Quitman St.  Motorists will need to take I-10 East eastbound to   I-69 northbound to I-610 West  to access I-45 northbound. 
  • I-10 Katy westbound direct connector to I-45 North northbound.  Motorists will need to take  I-69 northbound to I-610 West  to access I-45 northbound.
  • Crews will also close the I-10 Katy westbound Taylor exit.  Motorists will need to detour to the Heights/Yale exit, turn left on Heights and  turn left on to the I-10 Katy eastbound frontage road to Taylor. 
  • The Travis St. northbound entrance ramp to I-45 northbound will also be closed.  Motorists will need to turn left on Commerce, left on Milam and right on Walker to access the I-45 northbound entrance ramp. 

Motorists should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes. Motorists should expect delays and are strongly.  Officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control. 

I-10 Katy Freeway at IH-610 West Loop

A new connector that allows drivers from I-10 Katy Freeway direct access to outbound US 290 and I-610 North Loop east is nearing completion. The Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor working on the US 290 Project J-1 accelerated work on this ramp, which will provide welcomed relief to drivers who experience the daily weave on I-610 West Loop northbound mainlanes between I-10 and US 290.
Crews will work this weekend to finalize pavement markings, signage and safely switch traffic to the new lanes. Beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 20 to 5 a.m., Monday, May 22, the following will be closed. 

  • I-10 east- and westbound connector ramps to I-610 northbound will be closed.  Drivers will be detoured to I-610 southbound, exit at Woodway, U-turn to I-610 northbound. 
  • I-610 northbound from US 290 to W. 18th will have two outside lanes closed.
  • I-610 northbound exit ramp to US 290 will have the outside lane closed on the ramp.  The exit ramp will be closed for approximately one hour as work progresses.

Once the new connector is opened, drivers will need to adjust to the new traffic configuration (map).

  • From I-10:  The exit from I-10 will remain in its current location. Instead of joining the I-610 mainlanes, drivers will move towards the right onto the new, three-lane connector.  The inside lane will exit to US 290 and the right two lanes will continue to I-610 eastbound.  There will be an exit from the connector to access W. 18th/Minimax/Hempstead.
  • From I-610 northbound:  Two additional mainlanes will open north of Old Katy Road, giving a total of five mainlanes.  The outside lane will become a dedicated exit ramp to US 290, with four mainlanes continuing on I-610, and an optional exit to W. 18th. Past the exit, the outside lane merges giving a total of three mainlanes continuing on I-610.

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