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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
News Release
Friday, January 18, 2019

HOUSTON – The I-45 Northbound Direct Connector project will start another major milestone next weekend as crews begin reconstruction of the I-45 northbound to I-69/SH 288 southbound direct connector.  The current connector is a left exit and will be converted to a right exit from I-45.

  • Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, January 25th, crews will permanently close the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound direct connector to I-69/SH 288 southbound. 

Motorists will continue northbound on I-45 Gulf Freeway along Pierce Elevated to I-10 East back to I-69 southbound. 

The closure will remain in place until Friday, June 28th when motorists will utilize the new connector. 

There are several additional closures that weekend as crews demolish the existing I-69 southbound connector ramp. A few are highlighted below.  For additional closures related to the demolition this weekend please visit

The closures will take place beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, January 25th through 5 a.m. Monday, January 28th.  

  • Crews will completely close the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound mainlanes from Cullen to the I-69 Interchange.

Motorists will detour to Spur 5 and take the Scott St. exit or the I-69 NB exit. From Scott St. motorists can proceed along the I-45 northbound frontage road to the Pease St. entrance ramp from I-45 N.  Motorists taking I-69 northbound can take I-69 NB to I-10 W back to I-45 N. 

  • Crews will close the I-69 southbound connector ramp to I-45 southbound beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, January 25th through 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 28th. 

Motorists will take I-69 to I-10 West to I-45 South. 

  • The Pease/St. Joseph exit ramp will also be closed.

Motorists will need to detour to I-69 N and exit Scott St. and take the northbound frontage road to Pease St.  To access St. Joseph motorists can turn left on Emancipation to the St. Joseph intersection. 

  • The I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound mainlanes from Scott St. to Cullen will be closed nightly beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, January 25th through 5 a.m. Monday, January 28th.

Motorists will detour to Pease St. and enter I-45 at the Pease St. entrance ramp.

Lastly, crews will close the I-45 Gulf Freeway Southbound mainlanes from Allen Parkway to the I-69 interchange from 6:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26th through 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 28th. 

Motorists on I-45 can detour to I-69 North or South.  I-10 West traffic can detour to I-69 S to I-45 S. 

Motorists should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to seek alternate routes. 

The new I-69 connector ramp once completed will join the new Spur 5 and I-45/I-69 direct connector.  The project is scheduled for completion the 2nd quarter of 2019. 

The $30.45 million project will improve connectivity and reduce congestion and the common weaving along the corridor. 

For more information on this closure contact Deidrea George at  or (713) 802-5072.

Also be sure to visit the Houston TranStar website at 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.  Follow us on Twitter @TxDOTHoustonPIO.

Dannenbaum Engineering BayTran
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