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Westbound Marsh Exit to Open Soon

Over the weeks, drivers have probably noticed what looks like an additional lane being built along the westbound main lanes just past Midway Road.

Soon, this will open up to be the new westbound exit to Marsh Lane.

Photo taken February 2015. Shows the opening along westbound IH-635 for the new Marsh exit ramp to open in early March.

Photo taken February 2015. Shows the opening along westbound IH-635 for the new Marsh exit ramp to open in early March. Click image to view larger.

This week, crews aim to restripe portions of the main lanes and frontage road to accommodate the new ramp, just as long as the weather permits.

By next week, we anticipate to have the new Marsh exit available for public use.

Once the new Marsh exit ramp opens, it will enable the continuation of construction of  the permanent westbound bypass ramp over Midway. When the bypass lane was opened in 2013, only part of the ramp was in permanent condition.

With the construction of the bypass ramp still needed, what this means is that the  current westbound bypass ramp over Midway will need to be closed for approximately six weeks. So accompanying the opening of the Marsh exit will be the long-term closure of the Midway bypass at the same time.

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Photo taken early February. Shows the location of the entrance to the permanent Midway bypass from the westbound frontage road, when constructed. Click image to view larger.

When bypass construction is complete, the entrance to the Midway bypass ramp will be found further east from its current location along the westbound frontage road,  closer to Welch Road.

 

LBJ’s Latest Progress Video

The new LBJ Express winter progress video has been uploaded. It provides a glimpse of how the project has evolved from last October to early January, with then-and-now comparisons of major intersections along the corridor.

 

In this video, much of the “inner lanes” talked about in our post,  Inward Lane Shifts in the Horizon can be seen, some shots showing traffic already on these new lanes.

These traffic shifts are usually done overnight, requiring lanes to be reduced down to one throughout the night so that our traffic crews may move barrier and restripe the new lanes before making the actual shift; you can actually catch some of this action in the video as well.

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