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Massive remodel of Houston freeway system sends I-45 winding around downtown

Massive remodel of freeway system sends I-45 winding around downtown

Minute Maid Park downtown aerial view
Under TxDOT's new plan, I-45 would wrap around Minute Maid Park downtown. Courtesy photo

We are looking into the future, at road construction affecting the Houston area in 2018.

In just a couple of years, TxDOT will embark on a massive effort to remodel the downtown freeway system.

This will be a year of more extensive planning for the project, which will move I-45 onto the opposite side of downtown Houston, running parallel to US-59, right by Minute Maid Park.

The plans even call for putting a portion of the freeway below ground level, which could affect the Astros game parking that currently exists underneath US-59.

TxDOT has plans to completely change I-45 in downtown Houston.

"We have begun conversations, looking about access to Minute Maid (Park). We are excited about this area. We believe that the folks at the Astros are as well. We will work closely with those folks to address parking issues and access," says Quincy Allen, TxDOT District Engineer.

The plans will also impact several properties between Chartres St. and St. Emmanuel St., including the Lofts at the Ballpark, in order to build the wider freeway.

2018 is a year of more extensive planning for this project, construction won't begin until late 2019 or 2020.

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