Construction Begins Along LBJ Freeway

By Robbie Owens, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Here we go again…

A major five-year construction project is now underway along the LBJ Freeway. The project is intended to help ease highway congestion. But of course, before that happens, traffic along the busy interstate is going to get much, much worse.

Most commuters know that traffic along the LBJ Freeway can be harrowing because of the sheer volume of vehicles – more than 250,000 each day — that travel the highway. But over the next five years, a $2 billion reconstruction project aims to provide relief in the form of the LBJ Express.

Work crews will be adding 13 miles of new lanes that will extend from Irving to northeast Dallas, plus four more miles of additions will be built on Interstate-35E, just south of the LBJ Freeway.

In some sections, the new lanes will be placed underneath the current freeway. The multi-level design aims to alleviate highway congestion and accommodate commuters who are willing to pay to ride along added lanes.

The LBJ Express is a “cost-to-cruise” extension, meaning that it will provide a toll road option for drivers as a way of paying for the upgrades. When the roadway construction project is completed, capacity along the LBJ Freeway is expected to double.

Project organizers said that much of the work will be done during the nights and on the weekends, in order to minimize the impact on businesses along the highway corridor.

Drivers should expect lane closures, exit changes and various portions of the highway – maybe new parts every day – to be transformed into construction zones. The bottom line: there will be an increase in traffic along what is already a very busy freeway. But hopefully, in the end, many driving headaches will be cured.

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One Comment

  1. chris knipe says:

    enjoy your new lexus lanes…20 bucks say the new lanes will be tolled

    1. Kbec says:

      You don’t need $20 bucks, they have already said the center 6(?) lanes will be tolled and fees based on the amount of traffic.

  2. educated says:

    Chris, the fact that some lanes will be toll is no secret. There will also be free and HOV lanes. The details are all on their website.

  3. Suzanne Langton says:

    Here we go again! Wow! Just like that “great idea” of adding HOV lanes!

    1. nmc0330 says:

      agreed! i actually wrote a letter to TXDOT about those asinine HOV lanes, to no avail of course. i’m sure the genius behind those is the same one who came up with this idea…

  4. Patrick says:

    Chris, it says in the article that the new lanes will be tolled. Read my brother

  5. CB4 says:

    In Phoenix, AZ. The HOV system is INGENIOUS! HOV lanes are accessible 24 hours a day by ALL commuters. The ONLY times you have to have 2 or more is during Morning and then Evening rush hours. You can move in and out of those lanes as a single occupant at any other time. Best part… There are no double white lines, plastic sticks or barriers to keep you pinned in like cattle to the slaughter! I mean really, Dallas? Get in the HOV lane Northbound on 75 @ 635 and you can’t get out until somewhere North of Plano. Bravo Dallas, Bravo!

    1. TXTXTX says:

      Agreed. The HOV Lanes in Phoenix are great. I have been wondering why we haven’t emulated this for years.

  6. bk says:

    The HOV lanes in the Dallas area are nothing but a death trap!

    The accidents are numerous, bad if not deathly OFTEN.

    Total waste of time and ta dollars for something so dangerous as the HOV.

    1. CB4 says:

      I would like to see some statistical proof for that claim as it would make perfect sense! You have to stay in the HOV lane until a predesignated point and then people have to whip in and out at that point. So it is like jockeying for position! You have people who have to exit, so they whip out from the far left lane all the way over to the far right exit ramp! Deadly is surely an understatement! Dallas MUST remove the solid white lines and allow single occupancy vehicles to drive in the HOV, outside of morning/evening rush hour times!

  7. Gwanny says:

    Wasn’t the Dallas North Tollway suppose to be toll free by now? WHat happened with that!

    1. TXTXTX says:

      No…”cashless”….They use the Zip Cash method like the one used on the new additions of 121. If you do not have a toll tag, they scan your plates and bill you to your address.

      1. Bunnies and Puppies says:

        Gwanny is asking why the toll roads haven’t become “free”ways now that they have been paid for? My Father-in-law told me that either i30 or maybe i20 started out as a toll road way back when and after it was paid for via the tolls, they made it free to travel on.

    2. Richard says:

      They announced that they needed the money to fund other toll road projects.

  8. RangerFan says:

    For the money a high speed mass transit system would be more efficient, economical and greener. Continuing to support the legacy model of modern American utopia is so 20th century. All they are doing is adding more lanes for all the drunk drivers to kill more Dallas residents. Good-look with that!!!

  9. CommonSense says:

    Mass transit tram system is common sense and in the long run by far the best answer to traffic congestion problems. But this is Texas so you can pretty much throw common sense out the window. Sad.

  10. me says:

    the new lanes will have a variable toll. The traffic speed will be monitored and if it gets to low, the toll will rise untill the traffic speed picks back up again. So in effect, you will pay more to go slower. lol

  11. Mekhong Kurt says:

    Despiute the railway system operating and under contruction in the DFW region, we still remain way too addicted to roads, roads, yet more roads.

    Seems no matter how many lanes are added they fill up the second the ribbon is cut.

  12. Dale Castles says:

    how do I get a job on this project????

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