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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 July 29-Aug. 4

*All work schedules subject to change, weather permitting

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

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Upcoming Work:

  • Nightly closure on Northwest Highway of the eastbound and westbound two center lanes and left turns to I-35E on July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1.
  • Full closure of northbound Lombardy Lane the night of July 31.
  • Sprowles Street open to two lanes.
  • Closure of the northbound Royal Lane entrance ramp the night of July 31.
  • Full closure of southbound Loop 12 the night of Aug. 3.
  • Nightly closures of the southbound I-35E right and center lanes on Aug. 2 and 5.
  • Full closure of southbound I-35E the night of Aug. 6 from the Loop 12 split to Northwest Highway.
  • Two right lane closures on southbound I-35E  from Walnut Hill to Northwest Highway (from Loop 12 exit) the night of July 29.
  • Northbound closures at Denton July 29 to Aug. 1.
  • Lane closures on I-635 and I-35E main lanes and direct connector ramps at the interchange:
    • Full closure of eastbound I-635 at I-35E. Date to be determined.
    • Full closure of the direct connector ramp on eastbound I-635 to northbound I-35. Date to be determined.
    • Full closure of the westbound I-635 main lanes. Date to be determined.
    • Full closure of the direct connector ramp on westbound I-635 to northbound I-35. Date to be determined.
    • Full closure of the direct connector ramp on northbound I-35 to westbound I-635. Date to be determined.
    • Full closure of the southbound I-35 main lanes. Date to be determined. 
    • Full closure of the northbound I-35 main lanes. Date to be determined. 
  • Various lane closures on I-35E and I-635 from June 17 to Aug. 20.
  • Closures on the I-635 westbound frontage road and Josey on-ramp during July, August and September. 
  • Full closure at Forest Lane from Harry Hines to Denton during July, August and September.
  • The eastbound I-635 off-ramp to Josey will open Aug. 2. The Forest on-ramp to eastbound I- 635 will be closed permanently.
  • Full closure at Josey on Aug. 2.

UPCOMING WORK: Segment 2 – Josey to Dallas North Tollway

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Week of July 29-Aug. 4:

  • Nightly various lane closures along eastbound and westbound I-635 from Welch to Josey.
  • Long-term closure of eastbound frontage road from Josey Lane to Bankway through Aug. 30. Ongoing.
  • Nightly closure of the eastbound I-635 exit to Midway on July 31 and Aug. 1.

Upcoming Work:

  • Closure of Midway the night of Aug. 5.
  • Closure of Valley View on Aug. 9.
  • Nightly closures of various lanes on northbound and southbound Midway from Aug. 16–21.
  • Opening of the exit to Webb Chapel from the existing westbound exit on Aug. 19.
  • Opening of the westbound entrance ramp from Marsh on Aug. 19. 
  • Nightly closure of the westbound I-635 on-ramp from Midway after Aug. 19.
  • Closure of the westbound I-635 exit to Josey on Aug. 20.
  • Closure of the eastbound I-635 exit to Webb Chapel in early September.
  • Nightly closure of the westbound frontage ramp from the Midway on ramp to Marsh in mid-August.
  • Nightly closure of the eastbound I-635 exit to Midway in mid-August.

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

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Week of July 29-Aug. 4:

  • South of Welch to be opened in early August.
  • Traffic switch at the northwest and northeast Dallas North Tollway loops on Aug. 2.
  • Two right lane closures along westbound I-635 from Inwood to Montfort.
  • Southbound Dallas North Tollway ramp to westbound I-635 and westbound Inwood on-ramp to be switched to the new temporary ramp.

Upcoming Work:

  • Northbound Park Central and bypass lanes at Park Central to be opened in mid-August.
  • Eastbound off-ramp to Inwood to be detoured to the new temporary ramp.
  • Nightly various lane closures along northbound and southbound Montfort at westbound frontage road.
  • Nightly closure of eastbound frontage road from Welch to Drexelwood.
  • Nightly closure of eastbound frontage road from Spurling to Preston.
    • Traffic switch at the eastbound I-635 ramp to southbound Dallas North Tollway.
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