While the majority of the new bypass ramps along the project are currently open and available for public use, there are still a couple that are still under construction.
The Preston bypass is one out of the two bypass lanes that are still under construction along the project (the other one is the westbound Midway bypass).
What’s unique about the future bypass at Preston compared to the others along the corridor is that it will actually go underneath the Preston bridge instead of over the intersection like the rest of the bypasses along LBJ Express.
The entrance to the Preston bypass will be found on the westbound entrance ramp between Hillcrest and Preston – that’s right, on the entrance ramp itself!
Currently, there is a left lane along the westbound frontage road between Hillcrest and Preston that is partially barreled off because in the future, this will turn into an extra lane along the frontage.
This extra lane, when added, will enable traffic to merge onto the entrance ramp to westbound IH-635 when the entrance ramp is fully constructed. The lanes on the entrance ramp will split, providing the opportunity to either bypass the Preston intersection (Preston bypass lane) OR continue towards the general main lanes. This is also the reason why the Hillcrest on-ramp only has one lane right now, but will have two when construction is complete.
Below are some digital renderings depicting this configuration:
Ramps Under Construction
Currently, this area is full of progress and activity. Here are some photos of the action taken mid-April.
In total, there will eventually be eight bypasses along LBJ Express when construction is complete:
- Eastbound and westbound bypasses at Park Central (open)
- Eastbound and westbound bypasses at Webb Chapel (open)
- Eastbound and westbound bypasses at Josey (open)
- Westbound bypass at Midway (under construction until end of May/early June)
- Westbound bypass at Preston (under construction until full project opening)
Bypass lanes are just one of the few examples of how the LBJ Express project will improve mobility along the corridor, providing drivers the option to bypass intersections along the frontage roads.
The remaining bypasses will open along with the rest of the corridor later this year when we reach our biggest milestone yet – opening the LBJ Express project as a whole.
Have a question for us regarding the project? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org