More closures on I-45
will close Saturday; work may be completed by March
Cougar News Services
Beginning this weekend, motorists headed
north on Interstate 45 downtown will no longer be able to laugh at their
Work on the northbound side of the freeway
is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday -- meaning both sides of the road
will be under construction at once. Until now, only the southbound lanes
had been affected.
On Saturday evening, all lanes of I-45
northbound will close at Highway . The two left lanes of the freeway
will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. After about a month, the right lanes will
open and the left lanes will close. The entire project could be finished
While the northbound lanes are under construction,
motorists may reach I-45 North from downtown via Travis or North Main streets.
The entrances to I-45 from Walker Street and St. Joseph's Parkway will
also be closed.
The exit from I-45 northbound to Houston
Avenue and Memorial Drive will be closed until construction is completed,
but the exit to Allen Parkway could open again in less than a month.
Motorists who use I-45 northbound to reach
the Katy Freeway may detour via Louisiana Street, which ends in a ramp
to I-10 West, or by using Studemont or Waugh/Heights west of downtown.
Other downtown highway construction includes
a new ramp from Chartres and Runnels streets near Enron Field to I-10 westbound,
which will open Monday.