It is hard to believe that the recent aerial footage added in our latest progress video is very close to mirroring the LBJ Flyover video we produced over two years ago.
We used to often refer to the this digital flyover video as a way to show what the road may look like when finished. Now, we wonder if there is really a need to show it anymore, knowing that each ramp, bypass lane, frontage and main lane along the project are in their final configuration.
Seeing all the bells and whistles being added just adds to the excitement of LBJ being so close to the finish line.
With our final months of construction winding down, our latest production captures the diligent efforts of all the crews that were ever involved in the building of LBJ Express, seeing the significance of every dig, bridge demo, traffic switch, lane closure and detour over the years.
- Street signs installed at overpass bridges.
- All four general purpose lanes open in both directions.
- Final layer of pavement along ramps, frontage roads and main lanes.
- The future TEXPress Lanes coming together.
- Traffic usage of bypass lanes adding greater mobility along the corridor.
- Permanent striping along the project.
- Large signs
- LandscapingWe invite you to take a look through our old progress videos and see just how much the project has evolved over the years! Enjoy…
If you have driven during the daytime on LBJ since the paving operations last weekend you might have noticed a big difference… smoother drive? traffic is moving?
Now in its 5th and final year of construction, the LBJ Express highway reconstruction project recently reached a major milestone with the opening of all four, new general-purpose main lanes on eastbound and westbound I-635 between I-35E and US 75 (Central Expressway).
In June 2013, we opted to reduce the traffic flow in the construction zone from four main lanes to three in each direction to allow the project team to fast-track the completion of continuous frontage roads and bypass lanes, which were originally slated to open with the completion of the project but opened instead in November 2013.
This decision had significant implications for the driving public in terms of both safety and mobility. By completing the frontage roads and bypass lanes two years earlier than originally planned, we were able to improve incident responses in the corridor as well as enhance access and traffic flow for adjacent businesses and the driving public.
As the massive $2.7 billion LBJ Express project moves towards completion later this year, the recent re-opening of the fourth main lane eastbound and westbound has helped improve movement through the length of the corridor. With summer vacations in full swing, the timing couldn’t be better for opening these lanes.
In the final phases of construction, it will be necessary to implement several series of overnight and weekend closures to lay final pavement along the frontage roads, install overhead signs and prepare the highway corridor for full operations. Drivers are encouraged to check the website, www.lbjexpress.com/laneclosures.asp for updated information on upcoming lane closures and detours.
I know it’s hard to believe but we are nearing completion!!
- LBJ Express on July 6th at 5 p.m. with 3 eastbound lanes
- LBJ Express on July 13th at 5 p.m. with restored capacity of 4 lanes eastbound and westbound, plus shoulders