UPDATE: The FM 518 & I-45 intersection improvement project that was set to start the evening of September 9 has been delayed one week and will now begin on Friday, September 16.
On September 16, TxDOT will start work on a project that will provide much needed traffic relief at the intersection of FM 518 and I-45. This is part of TxDOT’s larger I-45 improvement project and should be completed by the end of the year. However, during construction there will be a temporary increase in traffic congestion, and we recommend allowing for extra time and planning an alternate route during heavy traffic periods.
Work will start on the north side of FM 518 between Hobbs Rd./Lafayette Ln. and Wesley St. During construction, traffic lanes on this section of FM 518 will transition to one lane in each direction, with additional lanes open at the I-45 intersection.
To help keep traffic flowing at the intersection of FM 518 at Hobbs Rd. and Lafayette Ln., left turns will be prohibited in all directions. The traffic signal at that intersection will be taken offline during this phase of construction.
Businesses will retain existing access while work is in progress. The City will provide updates as needed for the duration of the project.
Improvements Being Made
When construction is complete, residents can expect improved traffic flow at the intersection of FM 518 and I-45. The improvements comprise of:
- Double left and right turn lanes added on east and westbound FM 518 at I-45
- North and southbound frontage roads will increase from four to six lanes, including double left and right turn lanes, along with dedicated U-turn lanes
- 10 total lanes under the I-45 overpass, including two dedicated left turn lanes in each direction and three through lanes in each direction