UH Campus Traffic Impacted by Major Road Construction on Spur 5 Between Old Spanish Trail and University Drive

The Texas Department of Transportation has informed the University of Houston there will be significant traffic flow changes on Spur 5 beginning as early as Monday, May 22. The immediate changes include:

  • Spur 5 will have only one southbound lane open from University Drive to Old Spanish Trail (leading away from campus).
  • All northbound lanes on Spur 5 between Old Spanish Trail and University Drive (leading to campus) will be closed and the Wheeler Avenue intersection at Spur 5 will not be accessible.
  • To enter campus from Old Spanish Trail, we recommend taking the alternate route via Martin Luther King Boulevard, which connects to Wheeler Avenue.
  • Wheeler Avenue remains open between southbound Spur 5 and Martin Luther King Boulevard. 

Spur 5 Traffic Map

Map of recommended route

Please note that this construction along Spur 5 between University Drive and Old Spanish Trail is anticipated to last a minimum of 120 days. While it may cause some inconvenience during this period, this work is part of a larger, multi-year project to extend Spur 5 and build a four-lane roadway with elevated, multi-directional interchanges between SH 35 (Spur 5) and I-610 South Loop. The purpose of the proposed project is to:

  • Accommodate regional population growth
  • Reduce traffic congestion within the project area
  • Increase north/south mobility
  • Increase hurricane evacuation capacity