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Phase 1 of Local Mobility Plan to Open This Weekend

Labor Day marks the completion of several important milestones for the massive LBJ Express project that will have a noticeable benefit for drivers in the area, including:

  • Completion of the new westbound bypass lane over Webb Chapel Road
  • Completion of the new westbound bypass lane over Josey Lane
  • Opening of an additional eastbound frontage road lane between Josey Lane and Marsh Lane
  • Opening of an additional westbound frontage road lane between Midway Road and Josey Lane

“These are important milestones for the LBJ Express project, as we work to engineer new approaches to decades-old traffic problems,” said Heather DeLapp, public relations manager for Trinity Infrastructure, the project’s lead contractor. “Opening up two lanes of continuous frontage road in this area, plus adding several new bypass lanes to help traffic travel easily by avoiding major intersections will dramatically ease congestion in this western section of I-635 and the surrounding cross streets.”

Bypass Lanes Opening

 

These major openings follow on the heels of several important entrance and exit ramp openings that have occurred over the last few weeks. DeLapp said the project team developed a “mobility initiative” in May to work aggressively through the summer months (which typically experience a decline in traffic volume) on several critical bypass lanes and frontage roads. Labor Day officially marks the completion of the first phase of the mobility initiative.

DeLapp noted there are other milestones on the horizon that will continue to make trips along the LBJ corridor less stressful. The final phase of the mobility initiative will add a westbound bypass lane to Midway Road, an eastbound bypass lane over Webb Chapel Road and Josey Lane by the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Later this fall, when North Texas families gather to feast on turkey and dressing, we hope to add to their sense of thanksgiving,” DeLapp said.

By December 2013, the eight newly-constructed main lanes from just east of Preston Road to Greenville Avenue will be complete, as will the majority of frontage roads within these limits. December will also mark the completion of the first section of new TEXpress managed toll lanes, which will open to the public for testing and tolling analysis.

“The LBJ Express team is working hard to pave the way for better mobility,” said DeLapp. “By the end of the year, we believe drivers, neighbors and surrounding businesses will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the final two years of construction.”

UPCOMING LBJ EXPRESS CONSTRUCTION: Week of August 19-25

*All work schedules subject to change, weather permitting

UPCOMING WORK: Segment 1 – I-35 + Luna to Josey

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Upcoming Work: 

  • Closure of the direct connector ramp from eastbound I-635 to northbound I-35E the night of Aug. 21.
  • Close the two right lanes of northbound I-35E north of Valley View to Valwood on the night of Aug. 23.
  • Various lane closures on I-35E and I-635 through Aug. 30.
  • Closures on the I-635 westbound frontage road and the Josey on-ramp during August and September. 
  • Nightly full closures on Josey in August.
  • Lane closures on the I-635 and I-35E main lanes and direct connector ramps at the interchange:
    • Full closure of the direct connector ramp from eastbound I-635 to northbound I-35 from Aug. 23-24.
    • Full closure of the westbound I-635 main lanes from Aug. 23-24.
    • Full closure of the southbound I-35 main lanes on Aug. 25.

UPCOMING WORK: Segment 2 – Josey to Dallas North Tollway

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Week of August 19-25:

  • Nightly various lanes closed along eastbound and westbound I-635 from Welch to Josey.
  • Long-term closure of the I-635 eastbound frontage road from Josey Lane to Bankway through Aug. 30. Ongoing.
  • Opening of the westbound entrance ramp from Marsh on Aug. 19.
  • Webb Chapel closure the night of Aug. 21.
  • Closure of the westbound entrance ramp from Midway on Aug. 20.
  • Closure of various lanes on northbound and southbound Midway nightly from Aug. 16 – 21.
  • Closure of three lanes on the eastbound I-635 exit bridge 39A on Aug. 23.
  • Closure of the westbound I-635 on-ramp from Midway the night of Aug. 23.
  • Closure of the eastbound frontage road from Midway to Welch. Daytime, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and nightly, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Upcoming Work: 

  • Closure of the westbound I-635 exit to Josey on Aug. 26.
  • Opening of the westbound exit to Webb Chapel from the existing westbound I-635 exit on Aug. 26.
  • Opening of the eastbound frontage road from Josey to Webb Chapel on Aug. 30.
  • Opening of the westbound Webb Chapel bypass bridge at the end of August.
  • Opening of the eastbound Webb Chapel bypass bridge at the end of September.
  • Closure of Valley View on Aug. 30.
  • Traffic shift of the eastbound main lanes from Rosser to Welch in mid-September.
  • Traffic shift of the westbound main lanes from Welch to Rosser in late September.
  • Opening of the westbound Midway bypass on Aug. 30.

UPCOMING WORK: Segment 3 – Dallas North Tollway to US-75

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Week of August 19-25:

  • Dallas North Tollway southbound-westbound direct connector ramp and westbound Inwood on-ramp to be switched to the new temporary ramp on Aug. 20.
  • Dallas North Tollway eastbound-southbound direct connector ramp and eastbound off-ramp to Inwood to be detoured to the new temporary ramp on Aug. 22.
  • Dallas North Tollway northbound-eastbound direct connector ramp and eastbound on-ramp from Inwood to be switched to the new permanent ramp on Aug. 25.
  • Dallas North Tollway bridge construction (dates to be determined):
    • Two right lane closures along southbound Dallas North Tollway.
    • Two left lane closures along southbound Dallas North Tollway.
    • Two right lane closures along northbound Dallas North Tollway.
    • Two right lane closures along northbound Dallas North Tollway. 

Upcoming Work:

  • Park Central and bypass lanes at Park Central to be opened. Dates to be determined.
  • Westbound on-ramp from Preston to be detoured to the new permanent pavement.
  • Nightly closure of the eastbound frontage road from Welch to Drexelwood.
  • Nightly closure of the eastbound frontage road from Spurling to Preston.
  • Fence installation at Welch.
  • Traffic switch along westbound Frontage Road from Hughes to Preston in mid-September.
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