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Valley View Lane Underpass Re-Opens This Weekend

Earlier this year, the Valley View Lane underpass beneath I-635 just west of Midway was closed in order to accommodate excavation for the future TEXpress Lanes in the area, as well as to build  the new Valley View Lane cross bridge.

On Friday, August 1st, the underpass will re-open for public use, enabling a one-lane southbound connection under I-635, merging into the eastbound frontage road.

(Nov. 2012) Valley View Ln. before excavation and before new bridge placement. Photo Courtesy of Google.

(Nov. 2012) Valley View Ln. before excavation and before reconstruction and new bridge placement. Photo Courtesy of Google.

(Summer 2014) A closed Valley View Ln. underpass, post-excavation west of Midway, and showing the new cross bridge.

(Summer 2014) A closed Valley View Ln. underpass, post-excavation west of Midway, and showing the newly built cross bridge.

 

Surrounding Valley View bridge touches that are pending include wall panel work, sidewalks and ornamental fence installation.   This work will continue after this weekend’s reopening.

 

Construction area looking over the new Valley View Ln. where the future TEXpress Lanes will be.

Construction area looking over the new Valley View bridge where the future TEXpress Lanes will be.

 

Digital concept of the future TEXpress Lanes under Valley View Ln.

Digital concept of the future TEXpress Lanes under Valley View Ln.

Up Next for LBJ at the Dallas North Tollway: Decking

With beam settings complete  over the Dallas North Tollway, decking operations are on the schedule for next week to begin placing prestressed concrete deck panels, or PCPs, for the new highway bridges at the I-635-DNT interchange.

 

Photo of the Dallas North Tollway, Fri. July 25, 2014. View from the south side, overlooking the newly-set beams along I-635, where panels will be placed next week. Beam setting over the DNT were completed end of June.

Photo of the Dallas North Tollway, Fri. July 25, 2014. View from the south side, overlooking the newly-set beams along I-635, where panels will be placed next week.

The PCPs are placed on top of the beams to provide the base for the future roadway.  They will eventually become the future TEXpress Lanes that will run above the northbound and southbound lanes of the DNT.

 

Conceptual Design of the LBJ Express at the Dallas North Tollway. The TEXpress Lanes in this section will run above the northbound and southbound Lanes of the DNT. Note: This is an artistic rendering and may be subject to change.

Conceptual Design of the LBJ Express at the Dallas North Tollway. The TEXpress Lanes in this section will run above the northbound and southbound Lanes of the DNT. Note: This is an artistic rendering and may be subject to change.

The concrete panels will be placed several nights and will affect some main lanes and ramps along the DNT.  Closures associated  with the decking operations will vary for each night as work progresses. Operations will begin Monday, July 28 and will last until Wednesday, August 6.

Drivers are advised to expect delays, plan their commutes ahead and seek alternate routes, if possible. Message boards and signs will be placed to notify motorists of closures and detours. Closures are weather permitting and scheduling may be postponed if necessary.

A full list of associated lane closures on each night is provided below.

Mon. July 28, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Northbound DNT between Harvest Hill Rd. and Galleria Dr. reduced to one lane
  • The ramp from northbound DNT to westbound I-635 will be closed (NE Loop)
  • The ramp from eastbound I-635 to northbound DNT (SE Loop)

Tues. July 29, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Northbound DNT between Harvest Hill Rd. and Galleria Dr. reduced to one lane
  • The ramp from northbound DNT to westbound I-635 will be closed (NE Loop)
  • The ramp from eastbound I-635 to northbound DNT (SE Loop)

Wed. July 30, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Northbound DNT between Harvest Hill Rd. and Galleria Dr. reduced to one lane

Thurs. July 31, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Northbound DNT between Harvest Hill Rd. and Galleria Dr. reduced to one lane

Fri. August 1, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Southbound DNT between Galleria Dr. and Harvest Hill Rd. reduced to one lane
  • The ramp from southbound DNT to eastbound I-635 will be closed (SW Loop)
  • The ramp from westbound I-635 to southbound DNT (NW Loop)

Mon. August 4, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Southbound DNT between Galleria Dr. and Harvest Hill Rd. reduced to one lane
  • The ramp from southbound DNT to eastbound I-635 will be closed (SW Loop)
  • The ramp from westbound I-635 to southbound DNT (NW Loop)

Tues. August 5, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Southbound DNT between Galleria Dr. and Harvest Hill Rd. reduced to one lane

Wed. August 6, 2014 – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • Southbound DNT between Galleria Dr. and Harvest Hill Rd. reduced to one lane

 

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