The Texas Department of Transportation in February will close some lanes of Interstate 45 between FM 518 and FM 517 so crews can work on improvements.

The lane closures begin Thursday and will continue through Feb. 28.

The work will include periods of night work and periods of day work with breaks between for heavy traffic in the morning and evening, officials said.

Crews will work on alternating lanes in both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate and the frontage roads from FM 518 to FM 517 during the day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., then after four hours, crews will resume work at 9 p.m.

The night work will continue from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., then the day work will begin again at 9 a.m. Also, the state has announced other nighttime road closures for today, Thursday, Monday and Tuesday for the following specific areas.

Two outside, northbound lanes of the interstate will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from FM 517 to the northbound main lane FM 646 exit ramp. This closure will include the northbound main lane entrance ramp at FM 517 and the FM 646 exit ramp.

Signs will mark ramp detours for drivers for today, Thursday, Monday and Tuesday.

Traffic entering the interstate from FM 517 would continue on the northbound frontage road to next entrance ramp. Traffic exiting the interstate to FM 646 would use the FM 517 exit ramp.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com


(3) comments

Walter Manuel

"The Texas Department of Transportation in February will close some lanes of Interstate 45 between FM 518 and FM 517 so crews can work on improvements".

"The lane closures begin Thursday and will continue through Feb. 28".

What improvements are so desperately needed during Galveston's Mardi Gras that the "state" cannot delay this project until after Mardi Gras is over in 2 weeks???

I suppose the "state" has never driven on a "normal day" between 5pm-8pm from Galveston to Dickinson to see what a boondoggle the current repairs at the causeway is causing travelers and are even more clueless about the usual traffic congestion already in the Dickinson area??

The "state" has obviously lost their minds....[sad]

PD Hyatt

When the state makes schedules they really don't "think" about what is going on in the area as all they really care about is doing the work.... Should they think about it? Yes, but they don't and they won't....This will probably hurt the attendance of the next 2 weekends to Galveston....One day they might finish the work on 45, but I doubt that we will see it in our lifetime....

Jim Forsythe

"In the moderate growth scenario, the Houston metro area will add 4.1 million residents between 2010 and 2050." 
This is the reason for the expansion of I-45 and other roads, and adding  new roads such as SH-99, the Grand Parkway . Do you believe that extra lanes being added to I-45 will be enough. The last time I went thru Dallas, I though that it was more of a mess then Houston, as far as roads. Growth has problems that are hard to stay in front of.


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