Bay Area overpass at I-45 closed Friday

The Texas Department of Transportation soon will begin the demolition and reconstruction of the new at-grade intersection at Bay Area Boulevard. To complete the work, a total closure of the north and southbound mainlanes of I-45/Gulf Freeway at Bay Area Boulevard will take place the weekend of Feb. 26.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 through 5 a.m., Monday, Feb. 29, the I-45 northbound and southbound mainlanes at Bay Area will be closed.

  • Motorists traveling southbound will need to exit the mainlanes at El Dorado Boulevard and detour to the frontage road through the Bay Area Boulevard intersection and re-enter the mainlanes before the NASA Pkwy intersection.
  • Motorists traveling northbound will need to exit the mainlanes at Bay Area and detour to the frontage road through the Bay Area intersection and re-enter the mainlanes after the Bay Area intersection.
  • The Bay Area Boulevard overpass will also be closed and re-open June 2016.
  • Motorists traveling southbound that want to access Bay Area Boulevard west will need to exit NASA Parkway and u-turn, stay on the frontage road and turn right onto Bay Area.
  • Motorists traveling northbound that want to access Bay Area east will need to exit El Dorado and turn, stay on the frontage road and turn right to access Bay Area Boulevard.
  • Motorists traveling east on Bay Area to I-45 will be detoured onto the southbound frontage road to NASA Parkway and u-turn stay on the frontage road and turn right to access Bay Area.
  • Motorists traveling west on Bay Area to I-45 will turn right on the I-45 northbound frontage road and turn at El Dorado and stay on the frontage road and turn right to access Bay Area.

Once complete, the I-45/Gulf Freeway mainlanes will go over the Bay Area Boulevard intersection, replacing the current overpass structure and improve mobility and enhance safety for the traveling public.

The Bay Area overpass reconstruction is part of the $93 million construction project on I-45 from FM 2351 to Medical Center Boulevard. The project will also widen the existing six mainlanes to ten and replace the Bay Area overpass. The entire project is scheduled for completion by Fall 2018.

For more information on scheduled lane closures in the Houston District, contact the Public Information Office at (713) 802-5076. Follow TxDOT on Twitter @TxDOTHoustonPIO.

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