Both North and Southbound lanes on I-45 will be closed late Saturday

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Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 12, and ending at 12 p.m. Sunday, January 13, the inside lanes of Interstate 45 northbound and southbound will be closed near Montgomery and Walker county line to the south side of FM 1375 overpass, weather permitting.

This closure is for motorist and worker safety while placing beams at Little Caney Creek Bridge currently under construction. 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 reason for the northbound and southbound Interstate 45 lane closures is to allow TxDOT place beams for the new Little Caney Creek Bridge, which is part of a larger project to reconstruct seven miles of Interstate 45 in this area to decrease traffic congestion and travel times and increase safety along the route.

Interstate 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 Interstate 45 traffic due to future bridge maintenance and to eliminate the damage caused by over-height loads Placement of the beams is a necessary step in this reconstruction process.

To alert drivers to the lane closures and detours, changeable message signs will be placed near the northbound lanes of Interstate 45 beginning one week before the closures. The speed limit is reduced to 65 MPH throughout the limits of the project.

The Interstate 45 lane closures are part of the reconstruction of Interstate 45 that will involve replacing the existing four-lane divided highway with a six-lane highway with a concreted 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.