Transportation

Major Road Closure Starts This Weekend

It’s part of a bigger effort to fix one of Houston’s traffic hotspots.

Spur 5 crosses over Elgin Street at the University of Houston.

Northbound Spur 5 at I-45 is closing Friday night to make way for a major reconstruction project. We discussed the project with TxDOT’s Deidrea George:

“We’re taking away the access from Spur 5 to I-45 if you’re coming from the University of Houston area,” says George.

Those detours go into place as TxDOT prepares to start work on new northbound connectors linking I-45 to U.S. 59. George says the $30 million project is designed to eliminate the weaving that bogs down traffic.

“A lot of time motorists are trying to get to 59 and 288 and they’re having to travel two, three, and four lanes to get over to access that,” explains George. “While those already in the left lane have to get over to access I-45 North.”     

Northbound Spur 5 at I-45 will close at 9:00 Friday night and TxDOT expects to have detours in place for about seven months.

The connector project should be finished in 2019.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

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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