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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

 

Event Highlights from Thursday’s LBJ Phase 2 Briefing

LBJ Express Project developer, LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC (LBJ-IG), hosted a briefing Thursday morning for media and elected officials celebrating the second phase of newly constructed TEXpress Lanes scheduled to open this month.

Among the group of attendees were also representatives from Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Transportation Commission and North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

Presenters emphasized the wide-ranging benefits to come from not only opening this second phase of LBJ Express in July, but also as a whole in less than 500 days.

“With the new highway design, traffic congestion will be dramatically reduced,” said TxDOT Executive Director Lt. Gen Joe Weber. “Design-build reduced the time for construction in about half – a project that could have taken eight years will be completed in four. This is a prime example of TxDOT innovation.”

Marveling at the first-time implementation of the managed lanes system in the United States, points were made about the great economic and mobility impact the new design has already created for DFW.

“What a great day to celebrate the partnership between all parties involved in making this project a reality,” said Texas Transportation Commisioner, Jeff Austin III. “The benefits to traffic and mobility are already being seen as pavement reaches its final configuration and the 250,000 vehicles per day enjoy this Texas-sized expansion and mobility improvement project.”

TXDOT Executive Director Lt. General Joe Weber speaks at LBJ’s gathering Thursday morning.

TXDOT Executive Director Lt. General Joe Weber speaks at LBJ’s gathering Thursday morning.

 

NCTCOG Executve Director, Michael Morris provided an overview of the regional team effort that fostered the idea of the LBJ Express Project.

NCTCOG Executve Director, Michael Morris provided an overview of the regional team effort that fostered the idea of the LBJ Express Project.

After the briefing, elected officials were taken on a tour of the new elevated lanes. The route took the group along the soon-to-open ramps connecting westbound I-635 to southbound I-35E, turning around at Walnut Hill Lane and traveling the new ramps from northbound I-35E to eastbound I-635.

The group also had a moment to stop at the highest point of one of the ramps, take pictures and to enjoy the expansive view of I-35E looking south.

LBJ Segment Tour

 LBJ Segment Tour

 LBJ Segment Tour

 

LBJ-IG also hosted an open house Thursday evening between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions from the general public and to get an up close introduction to the Phase 2 TEXpress Lanes.

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