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Posted on: May 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Nightly Closures of Gulf Freeway at Vauthier Start Monday, May 11

Total Closure at Vauthier May2020 graphic with alert sign

Crews will have nightly closures of the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound and southbound mainlanes starting Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. each night. Total long-term closure of the Vauthier Bridge over I-45.

UPDATE 5/7/2020 Press Release from Texas Department of Transportation Houston Office 

The Texas Department of Transportation will close the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound and southbound mainlanes at Vauthier in Galveston County nightly starting Monday, May 11 for the demolition of the Vauthier overpass at I-45.

Crews will have nightly closures of the I-45 Gulf Freeway northbound and southbound mainlanes starting Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. each night. This work will include the total long-term closure of the Vauthier Bridge over I-45. Once the bridge is demolished, crews will begin work to build the I-45 mainlanes over Vauthier.

The work on I-45 at Vauthier is part of larger project to reconstruct the mainlanes of I-45. The estimated cost for the demolition of the Vauthier Street overpass at I-45 and the reconstruction of the I-45/Vauthier intersection is about to $21 million. This estimated cost includes the demolition of the existing Vauthier Street overpass, the construction of the new I-45 overpass at Vauthier Street, the proposed retaining walls, and the new Vauthier Street underpass.

Vauthier Street will be closed to through traffic at I-45 beginning Monday, May 11th, 2020 through Spring 2023.

For detour information and scheduled lane closures in the Houston District including this project go to www.houstontranstar.org . All closures are subject to change due to inclement weather. Follow us on Twitter @TxDOTHouston and Facebook at www.facebook.com/txdothouston .


UPDATE 5/6/2020

Originally, the Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to demolish the Vauthier overpass over Mother’s Day Weekend. Today, TxDOT announced a change to thier schedule. Crews will begin demolition of the Vauthier overpass starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 11. A total closure is planned on I-45 mainlanes and frontage roads at Vauthier from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. NIGHTLY Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15. Detour maps are forthcoming. 

Houston TranStar offers free, personalized e-mail alerts or text messages that notify users of incidents, planned lane closures, and travel times on Houston area freeways. Alerts can be sent to any device capable of receiving e-mail or text messages. Register online to keep up with I-45 road closures in La Marque.


The Texas Department of Transportation announced today a total closure of I-45 mainlines and frontage roads at Vauthier Street for the demolition of the Vauthier Overpass as part of the IH-45 freeway improvement project. Citizens of La Marque and visitors to our region should expect traffic delays and detours. Vauthier overpass demolition scheduled from 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020, through 5:00 a.m., Monday, May 11, 2020. 

Detour routes for southbound traffic will be utilizing the Vauthier Street loop roads. Head south on the frontage road, perform a right turn on Vauthier Street, proceed as outlined by detour sign. After two left turns, drivers can proceed up to I-45. 

Northbound traffic will utilize Highway 3. Detour by heading north on the frontage road, perform a right tun on FM 519 (Main Street). Proceed to SH-3 and perform a left turn. Proceed to FM 1765 (Texas Avenue) and turn left. Proceed to I-45. 

City of La Marque officials are working with TxDOT on a group of graphics and maps. As they become available, they will be posted at 45.cityoflamarque.org and shared on social media.

Houston TranStar offers free, personalized e-mail alerts or text messages that notify users of incidents, planned lane closures, and travel times on Houston area freeways. Alerts can be sent to any device capable of receiving e-mail or text messages. Register online to keep up with I-45 road closures in La Marque.

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