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Houston drivers will see 69/610 project wrap up, start of I-45 work in 2024

One project drivers can anticipate being completed this year is the 69/610 interchange project near the Galleria.

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Lighter-than-usual weekday traffic on I-45 north of downtown Houston.

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The Houston area will see several construction projects and progress on its highways in 2024.

Some $150 million worth of work on the controversial and costly I-45 expansion project is scheduled to take place this year, and the rebuild is expected to cost $10 billion and take years to complete if a variety of hurdles are overcome.

Those include ongoing opposition to the project from residents and businesses that would be impacted. On Tuesday's Houston Matters, TxDOT spokesman Danny Perez discussed what's ahead this year.

"We’re currently working on multiple projects along the I-45 Gulf Freeway corridor that start from essentially NASA Road 1 all the way to the Galveston Causeway," Perez said. "... The traffic between Galveston and Houston has increased significantly. We see a lot more commuter traffic, a lot more folks going between the two cities, so we wanted to improve the mobility for folks that are going between the two cities."

One project drivers can anticipate being completed this year is the 69/610 interchange project near the Galleria.

"We have one connector ramp left that has to be that has to be demolished and rebuilt as part of the project," he said. "We have to do some work on the 610 main lanes. Once we do all of that work then the project will be substantially completed by this summer, and then have it fully completed by fall of 2024."

Perez said it's exciting because it has been a six-year project that has impacted drivers.

But with that comes closures. This year there will be significant closures along the I-45 corridors, Perez said.

"So sometimes we have to move traffic over and sometimes that requires many lane closures," he said. "So we expect that along the 45 the Gulf Freeway corridor will have major closures at different times. We are mindful not to impact major events, but in Houston, we have major events constantly ... So we’re very mindful not to impact those events.”