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Weather Delays Opening Of New I-45 HOV Lanes In Montgomery County

TxDOT says the roadway has to be completely dry before they can prepare the lanes to open.


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The new I-45 North H-O-V lanes extend almost 18 miles, from FM 1960 to the 336 Loop south of Conroe. One lane runs north, the other runs south, and drivers with at least one passenger will be able to access the lanes 24/7.

"The lane will be just like the regular lane," says TxDOT's Deidrea George. "It will not be separated by a barrier. It will be separated by striping."

And George says it's that striping work that's causing the holdup. Crews can only do the work on a weekend but it's been too wet.

"So anytime there's any moisture we cannot place that striping down because it just won't adhere," adds George. "And so the shelf life of that product just won't last the years that it's intended to."

TxDOT says if the weather holds out, they'll try to work on the lanes again this weekend.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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