Transportation

Construction Moves Further South On The Gulf Freeway

Folks headed to Galveston will notice a lot of work on I-45 this summer. TxDOT is starting the next phase of its widening project but officials hope drivers won’t be too inconvenienced.

That project will increase the number of lanes on the Gulf Freeway from six to ten.

TxDOT has already completed widening between Beltway 8 and NASA Road One. Now that project is going further south, to FM 517 near Dickinson.   

On a ramp high above the freeway officials gave an update on the work. Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan says with all the growth in in the region, the number of vehicles on the Gulf Freeway could increase by 70% in the coming decades.

“This initiative allows us the opportunity to address the mobility gap and seamlessly connect corridors and projects,” says Ryan. “To deliver a corridor and not just individual projects and segmented projects.”

But while that construction is in progress, what does that mean for people just trying to get to the beach?  We asked TxDOT District Engineer Quincy Allen.

“We’re trying to keep the same number of freeway lanes open at all times,” explains Allen. “We had three lanes before we started. We’ll try to keep three lanes at all times.”

The section between NASA Road One and and FM 518 should be finished in late 2021. The segment between League City and Dickinson is expected to wrap up by December 2020. The work will cost about $220 million.

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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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