Ramps planned to ease I-45 and I-610 southern interchange (Houston Chronicle)

Gary Fountain, For The Chronicle

Gary Fountain, For The Chronicle

By Dug Begley

Nearly 40 years after the Gulf Freeway and Loop 610 first crossed, state transportation officials are preparing to build two of the three missing connections between them.

Construction of a new ramp connecting eastbound Loop 610 to northbound I-45 South is expected to start in January 2014. Officials were scheduled to open bids on the $49.7 million project this week. A few months later, work will start on a separate, $29 million project to connect the Gulf Freeway’s southbound lanes to Loop 610 westbound.

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