Public Alert

  • Conditions improve on Galveston Causeway but slowdowns still possible

    As of Weds., May 18, three southbound lanes on I-45 into Galveston have been opened, alleviating some of congestion facing morning commuters. However, only two lanes were open northbound, off the island, still creating a bottleneck on the Galveston Causeway during afternoon/evening commutes. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which has active construction on  I-45 throughout Galveston County, is working toward opening and maintaining three lanes northbound and southbound, while work continues in the area near Tiki Island for the next two years.     

    As another hot weekend approaches, it’s highly likely the island will experience a large influx of visitors, and it could affect traffic. Please check road and traffic conditions before coming to the Galveston campus, and allow additional time as necessary. Please be safe and exercise caution and patience while driving through highway construction zones. 

  • Reminder: Traffic Delays Possible on I-45 Bridge near Tiki Island

    As we head into a warm weekend that will attract visitors to Galveston Island, please remember that I-45 is currently down to two lanes northbound and southbound on the BNSF Railway Bridge near Tiki Island. Plan for heavy traffic/travel delays coming to and leaving the island.

    Relief should be coming soon, however. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced today that crews will work during off-peak nighttime hours next week to ensure three lanes can be open, both northbound and southbound, while the long-term bridge replacement project progresses. See the TxDOT announcement.

    It will take a few days to complete this work, so please continue to monitor the following sources for updates and road conditions, and allow additional time if needed to reach your destination:

    *NOTE: If you are reviewing Transtar freeway cams, check the date stamp to ensure the image is recent. Cameras have been operating sporadically during construction.

    For information on commuter solutions Monday through Friday, visit the UTMB transit page.

  • TxDOT announces changes in approach to IH-45 reconstruction

    TxDOT has announced a new plan which will allow it to restore IH-45 – which is currently under construction north of the Galveston Island Causeway – to a configuration that will provide three lanes in each direction (northbound and southbound) north of the Galveston Causeway and allow for the northbound passage of overweight vehicles. Once in place, this new approach should help alleviate the challenges faced by motorists this past week. 

    SEE THE TXDOT NEWS RELEASE FROM MAY 13, 2022

  • IH-45 traffic issues may continue to impact access to Galveston

    A series of construction-related lane and ramp closures are affecting portions of Interstate Highway 45 in southern Galveston County, and affecting access to Galveston Island during peak traffic periods. This week, UTMB Health and other regional officials met with the Texas Department of Transportation to get a better understanding of these projects and their impact.    

    While many of the details are still in flux, this is what we currently know:

    • This is a two-year project to replace two highway bridges (the “Santa Fe” bridges) on IH-45, east of Tiki Island and just north of the Galveston Causeway.
    • The northbound bridge is in critical condition and will be demolished first, to begin a year-long rebuilding process. The demolition and reconstruction of the second bridge will follow.
    • As the first bridge is prepared for demolition, all traffic on IH-45 will be concentrated to five lanes: two lanes headed southbound (toward island) and three headed northbound.
    • All five lanes of traffic will be moved to what is currently the southbound bridge of the Galveston Causeway, starting at about Harborside Drive, and routed over the remaining Santa Fe bridge.
    • The area affected by this work will stretch about 3 miles, and then northbound traffic will be moved back to its own side of the interstate. 
    • The main project will begin in 4 to 5 weeks. 

    In addition to the impact on UTMB commuters, our patients, emergency services and supplies, the work is impacting island residents, the Port of Galveston, cruise lines, special events, businesses, storm evacuation plans, and more.

    TxDOT is working on strategies to alleviate impact on motorists, and UTMB officials are also actively reviewing plans and exploring options across all entities to help address the issue of island access and traffic bottlenecks.  

    A map will be released soon by TxDOT with additional project details (all still subject to revision), and we will share once available. 

    Please review the following sources for updates and road conditions, and allow additional time if needed to reach your destination:

    * If you are reviewing Transtar freeway cams, check the date stamp to ensure the image is live. Cameras have been operating sporadically during construction. 

  • IH-45 traffic issues may continue to impact access to Galveston

    A series of construction-related lane and ramp closures are affecting portions of Interstate Highway 45 in southern Galveston County, and periodically affecting access to Galveston Island. This week, UTMB Health and other regional officials will be meeting with the Texas Department of Transportation to get a better understanding of these projects and their impact.

    We will be sharing details as we learn more and sharing any special instructions for the UTMB community including our students and patients.

    Please review the following sources for updates and road conditions. Please allow additional time if needed to reach your destination:

    * If you are reviewing Transtar freeway cams, check the datestamp to ensure the image is live. Many cameras have been offline during construction.