IH-45 Traffic Conditions

Latest Communication from UTMB Health

  • Aug. 26-29: Major closure of IH 45 in League City

    TX-DOT announced some significant highway closures THIS WEEKEND in the League City area that could impact access to the UTMB Health League City Campus and other clinics in the region. The work will be concentrated on IH-45 between FM 518 and FM 517, and is scheduled to begin on Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. and conclude Monday, Aug. 29 at 5 a.m. 

    The closures will enable a contractor to apply final striping on the southbound main lanes from south of FM 518 (in League City) to north of FM 517 (in Dickinson). It will affect travel lanes and entrance and exit ramps. Here's what's planned for this weekend: 

    IH-45 Gulf Freeway:

    1. Alternating closure of two southbound main lanes from north of FM 518 to south of FM 517. No detour is required, as one southbound main lane will remain open, but slowdowns will be likely. 

    2. Total closure of the southbound main lane ENTRANCE ramps between FM 518 and FM 517. Detour – Motorists can enter the southbound mainlanes south of FM 517 using the entrance ramp from FM 517, but the feeder lanes in the area may be congested and slowdowns are likely.  

    3. Total closure of the southbound main lane EXIT ramps ramps between SH 96 and FM 517.
      Detour – Motorists can exit the main lanes using the southbound exit to SH 96 or the exit to Holland Road, as these will remain open.

    Please check Transtar and other online traffic monitoring tools to plan accordingly and avoid slowdowns. As always, highway work is weather dependent and closures may be adjusted accordingly.

  • July 18-22: Lane closure scheduled for IH-45 southbound

    TXDOT announced a lane closure for next week on IH-45 southbound near Tiki Island, on the approach to the Galveston Causeway.

    Beginning Monday, July 18  until Friday, July 22, one outside southbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

    The work will center on the BNSF railroad overpass. The work is being scheduled to reduce the impact to morning commuters heading to the island; two lanes southbound will remain open during the construction.  

    Remember schedules can change. Please check road and traffic conditions when headed to or leaving the Galveston campus, and allow additional time as necessary. 

  • IH-45 Highway work scheduled July 5-8

    TXDOT announced lane closures next week in the I-45 northbound main lanes near Galveston. On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 5-6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., two lanes will be closed on I-45 northbound near Galveston. The Tiki Island exit ramp lane and the outside travel lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

    On Thursday and Friday, July 7-8, there will be alternating single lane closures in these two lanes. The work is part of a project to replace the Santa Fe overpass bridge.

    Remember schedules can change. Please check road and traffic conditions before leaving the Galveston campus, and allow additional time as necessary. 

  • Three lanes open in both directions on I-45

    Three lanes heading in each direction--northbound and southbound on I-45 into/out of Galveston--are now open, alleviating some of congestion associated with highway construction in past weeks. Work will continue in the area near Tiki Island, just north of the Galveston Causeway, for the next two years. 
     
    Please be safe and exercise caution and patience while driving through highway construction zones. There are no shoulders and lanes are tight in many stretches under construction.  

    Please check road and traffic conditions before coming to the Galveston campus, and allow additional time as necessary. 

  • 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.

    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. 

  • 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.