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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.

Remaining Work Continues West of the Project As Phase 2 Opening Draws Near

 

With the Phase 2 opening of LBJ TEXpress lanes quickly approaching, crews still have some finishing touches that need to be completed.

This includes the installation of large sign structures that provide directional and rate information pertaining to the new lanes.

On Thursday, July 10, additional signage will be installed along westbound I-635 that will lead to a full overnight closure of the main lanes.

A view of the new elevated lanes along I-635, looking east from the I-35E Interchange

A view of the new elevated lanes along I-635, looking east from the I-35E Interchange

From Thursday at 8 p.m. to Friday at 6 a.m., the following ramp and lane closures will occur:

  • Westbound I-635 main lanes between Webb Chapel Rd. and I-35E
  • Westbound on-ramp from Josey Lane
  • Connector ramp from Westbound I-635 to Northbound I-35E
  • Connector Ramp from Westbound I-635 to Southbound I-35E
  • Westbound frontage road at Marsh Lane
  • Westbound frontage road at Josey Lane

Traffic will be directed to exit at Webb Chapel, and will be detoured to Harry Hines Blvd. and Valley View Lane to access westbound I-635, and northbound and southbound I-35E.

Drivers may have already noticed many of these new signs along existing roadways.

Structures Along I-35E TEXpress Lanes Close to NW Hwy

Structures Along I-35E TEXpress Lanes Close to NW Hwy

Signage along the new TEXpress Lanes along SB I-35E prior to Walnut Hill

Signage along the new TEXpress Lanes along SB I-35E prior to Walnut Hill

 
 

What will be included in this summer’s Phase 2 opening are the elevated TEXpress Lanes along Interstate Highway I-635 from Josey Lane to Interstate Highway 35E south of the Loop 12 split, and north to I-35E before Valley View Lane. (View Map)

 The opening of these new lanes are about nine months ahead of schedule, and will be a beneficial alternative for drivers who want to bypass surface lane congestion along I-35E.

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