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LBJ Express Project Reaches major Milestone with Opening of New Main Lanes

 

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 with 3 lane configuration on July 6th.
LBJ Express on July 6th at 5 p.m. with 3 eastbound lanes 
LBJ Express with restored capacity of 4 lanes plus shoulders on July 13th.
LBJ Express on July 13th at 5 p.m.  with restored capacity of 4 lanes eastbound and westbound, plus shoulders

UPCOMING LBJ EXPRESS CONSTRUCTION: Week of September 2-8

*All work schedules are subject to change, weather permitting

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

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Upcoming Work:

  • Various lane closures on I-35E and I-635 through Sept. 15.
  • Closures on the I-635 westbound frontage road and Josey on-ramp during September.
  • Nightly full closures on Josey in September.
  • Traffic switch on the eastbound main lanes to the new roadway at Josey. Traffic switch on the westbound main lanes at Josey. Ends in September.
  • Full closure of Josey Lane throughout the entire weekend at the end of September.

UPCOMING WORK: Segment 2 – Josey to Dallas North Tollway

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Week of September 2-8:

  • Nightly various lanes closed along eastbound and westbound I-635 from Welch to Josey.
  • Daily left lane closure of westbound frontage road between Marsh and Joe Ratcliff on Sept. 4, 5 and 6.
  • Nightly left lane closure of westbound frontage road between Marsh and Joe Ratcliff on Sept. 3, 4 and 5.
  • Daily northbound/southbound left lane closures at Midway (north of westbound frontage road). Dates to be determined.
  • Daily northbound/southbound right lane closures at Midway (north of westbound frontage road). Dates to be determined.
  • 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:

  • Opening of the eastbound Webb Chapel bypass bridge at the end of September.
  • Opening of the westbound Midway bypass on Sept. 13.
  • Daily northbound/southbound left lane closures at the Midway median (north of westbound frontage road). Dates to be determined.
  • Daily northbound/southbound left lane closures at Midway (south of eastbound frontage road). Dates to be determined.
  • Daily northbound/southbound right lane closures at Midway (south of eastbound frontage road). Dates to be determined.
  • Closure of Valley View on Sept. 16.
  • Traffic shift of the westbound main lanes from  Welch to Rosser on Sept. 14.Traffic shift of the eastbound main lanes from Rosser to Welch on Sept. 21.
  • Nightly closure of various lanes on northbound and southbound Midway.
  • Daily closure of the two right lanes at Midway. Date to be determined.

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

FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AND CLOSURES

Week of September 2-8:

  • Southwest loop and southeast loop to be switched to the new temporary loop on Sept. 3.
  • Dallas North Tollway southbound/westbound direct connector ramp to be switched to the new temporary ramp on Sept. 4.
  • Construction on Dallas North Tollway bridges:
    • Two right lane closures along southbound Dallas North Tollway on Sept. 3.
    • Two left lane closures along southbound Dallas North Tollway on Sept. 4.
    • Two right lane closures along northbound Dallas North Tollway on Sept. 5.
    • Two right lane closures along northbound Dallas North Tollway on Sept. 6.
  • Daily closure of both U-turns at Welch from Sept. 3-6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Montfort construction. Night work, various southbound and northbound lane closures on  Sept. 3-6.

Upcoming Work:

  • Northbound Park Central and both the westbound and eastbound bypass lanes at Park Central to be opened by mid-September.
  • Traffic switch along westbound frontage road from Hughes to Preston in mid-September.
  • Westbound on-ramp from Preston to be detoured to the new permanent pavement.
  • Nightly closure of eastbound frontage road from Welch to Drexelwood.
  • Nightly closure of eastbound frontage road from Spurling to Preston.
  • Fence construction at Welch.
  • Underpass construction at Dallas North Tollway. Night work:
    • Two northbound right lane closures on Sept. 9.
    • Two northbound left lane closures on Sept. 11.
    • Two southbound left lane closures on Sept. 16.
    • Two southbound right lane closures on Sept. 19.
  • Underpass construction at Welch. Night work:
    • Two northbound right lane closures on Sept. 24.
    • Two northbound left lane closures on Sept. 26.
    • Two southbound left lane closures on Oct. 1.
    • Two southbound right lane closures on Oct. 3.
  • Underpass construction at Montfort. Night work from Oct. 8-18.
  • Underpass construction at Preston. Night work from Oct. 22-31.
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