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Southwood Drive/IH 45 Frontage Road that runs underneath the SH 19 flyovers will be closed from 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, until 4 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2019. The closure is necessary to demolish the existing SH 19 Southbound Bridge and protect the traveling public from the potential hazard of falling material during the demolition. The temporary entrance ramp from SH 75 to Northbound IH-45 will be open in front of the Goree Unit during this time to allow northbound traffic access to IH-45. Message Boards will alert travelers of the closure and the opening of the temporary entrance ramp. Detour signs will be placed along the detour routes to guide traffic through the detour.
The construction of the six 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 southbound 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.
For more information, contact Bobby.Colwell@txdot.govor (979) 778-9764.