Beginning last Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation closed Spur 5 going northbound on the I-45 Gulf Freeway.
The closure is the first of three phases for the I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project.
The project, once complete, will give this heavily traveled corridor two direct connectors at the I-45 Gulf Freeway and I-69/US 59 interchange.
A total closure of Spur 5 going northbound began March 3 and is necessary for the demolition of Spur 5 to construct the new I-69/US 59 northbound direct connector and build the Pease/St. Joseph exit at-grade.
Motorists traveling northbound on Spur 5 will need to detour to the Scott Street/Downtown exit, loop around and turn right to access the I-45 northbound frontage road. Motorists can also choose to take the St. Joseph/Pease Street exit. The detour will last approximately seven months. The $30.45 million project will improve connectivity and reduce congestion and the common weaving along the corridor.
The project will:
- reconstruct the I-45 northbound to I-69/US 59/SH 288 southbound direct connector. The current connector is a left exit and will be converted to a right exit from I-45;
- reconstruct the I-45 northbound to I-69/US 59 northbound direct connector. The current exit will be relocated further south;
- construct a new Pease Street and St. Joseph Parkway exit ramp that will feed directly from I-45 northbound, and;
- construct a new Cullen Boulevard entrance ramp from the I-45 northbound frontage road to the newly elevated I-69/US 59 north and southbound connector ramp which is currently Spur 5.
The project is scheduled for completion the second quarter of 2019.