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WALKER COUNTY – The right lane of IH-45 northbound will be closed at State Highway 150/FM 1375 in New Waverly to the northbound entrance ramp north of SH 150, weather permitting, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 10, and ending at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 11.
This closure is for motorists and worker safety while placing beams for the IH-45/State Highway 150 Bridge currently under construction. During this closure, northbound traffic may be temporarily stopped as individual beams are installed. Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route. Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.
The new IH-45/State Highway 150 bridge overpass is part of a larger project to reconstruct seven miles of IH-45 in this area to decrease traffic congestion and travel times and increase safety along the route. IH-45 will be reconstructed to pass over local roads (including State Highway 150/FM 1374 and FM 1375) to increase public safety by reducing any interference with IH-45 traffic due to future bridge maintenance, to eliminate the damage caused by over-height loads, and improve ramp lengths while maintaining similar traffic patterns such as the traffic circles at FM 1375. Placement of the beams is a necessary step in the construction process.
To alert drivers to the lane closures and detours, changeable message signs will be placed near the northbound lanes of IH-45 beginning one week prior to the closure. The speed limit is reduced to 65 miles per hour throughout the limits of the project.
The IH-45 lane closures are part of the reconstruction of IH-45 that will involve replacing the existing four-lane divided highway with a six-lane highway with a concrete median barrier in southern Walker County. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.
During the 4.5-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity.
For more information, contact Bobby.Colwell@txdot.gov or (979) 778-9764.