Northbound and Southbound IH-45 and SH 19 Southbound Direct Connect will be closed at 8:00 PM until 4:00 AM each night beginning Monday, April 15, 2019 through Thursday April 18, 2019, then from Monday, April 22, 2019 through Sunday, May 5, 2019, weather permitting. All northbound IH-45 traffic must exit using the new SH 75 Exit Ramp north of PR 40. All southbound IH-45 traffic must exit using Exit 114, Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Southbound SH 19 to IH-45 Southbound traffic must exit at SH 75. This closure is necessary to place overhang brackets, concrete on the bridge beams and bridge deck panels on the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Bridge over IH-45. Message Boards have been placed advising of the closure and detour signs will be placed along the detour routes to alert and guide traffic through the detour.
The construction of the 6 miles widening project, Segment 1B of IH-45 from 0.5 miles north of Vick Springs Road to 0.3 miles north of SH 19 is under way. This project will widen IH-45 to six lanes and will replace the State Park Road 40 bridges and southbound SH 19 Flyover. During the 3-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity. IH-45 and SB SH 19 will also be closed at various times for safety of the traveling public and construction workers.
The reconstruction of IH-45 will take place in two major phases. Phase 1 is under way and will include the addition of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, northbound SH 19 Bridge and a new southbound SH 19 flyover. Phase 2, will include replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges. Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company was awarded the construction contract for the amount of $116,878,722.89.