Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18,and ending at 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, I-45 northbound and southbound lanes will be closed at FM 1375, weather permitting. All I-45 traffic must exit using the FM 1374/ FM 1375 exit ramps. Traffic will be directed to frontage roads to access I-45 at the next available entrance ramps.
Drivers should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route. Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.
TxDOT spokesperson Bob Colwell said the reason for the northbound and southbound I-45 lane closures is to allow TxDOT to demolish the current overpass bridge at FM 1375, which is part of a larger project to reconstruct seven miles of I-45 in this area to decrease traffic congestion and travel times, and to increase safety along the route.
Changeable message signs have be placed near the northbound and southbound lanes of I-45 to alert and guide traffic through the detour. The speed limit is reduced to 65 MPH throughout the limits of the project.
Colwell said the I-45 lane closures are part of the reconstruction of I-45, that will involve replacing the existing four-lane divided highway with a six-lane highway with a concreted median barrier in southern Walker County. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.
During the 4 1/2 year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity.