5 Years Of LBJ Lane Closures & Shutdowns Begin Sunday

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – HOV toll lanes are coming to LBJ Freeway and the first phase of construction starts this weekend.

The LBJ Express Expansion is $2 Billion project that will add 13 miles of lanes extending from Irving to northeast Dallas. Four additional miles of expansions will also be built on I-35E, just south of LBJ Freeway. The new lanes will run below or underneath the current freeway in some sections.

The LBJ Express will also include a “cost to cruise” toll road options for users.

The end result is meant to eliminate the congestion for the more than 250,000 drivers who cruise Dallas’ busiest freeway, but until then construction will close off lanes and shut down exits for the next five years. And those lane closures will start Sunday night.

“About Midnight we’re gonna put cones and concrete barriers up from about eastbound from Luna Road to Midway, and then westbound Midway to Josey Lane,” explained Andy Rittler with the LBJ Infrastructure Group, the company financing, designing and constructing the expansion.

Rittler says during the construction there will be four lanes of traffic open, in each direction, during peak commuter hours.

Project organizers say much of the work will be done at night and on the weekends.

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  1. Parsabound says:

    “The end result is meant to eliminate the congestion”…now that is funny. You can never eliminate congestion. They can maybe hope to minimize it, but they will never eliminate it.

  2. fred says:

    Just close half the entrance ramps between 75 and 35 both directions. This should ease most of the problems. You can do that in one night, not 5 years.

    1. Sw33tt3a03 says:

      I hope you realize that will not help. Instead, commuters trying to get to work or home from work, will just take the next entrance. I”m glad you don’t work in government.

  3. Lyn says:

    Do away with the HOV lanes. Seriously nobody works near thier neighbors and if they do not the same shifts. Carpool days are over people. Take those HOV lanes away and put the train in thier place, just like in Chicago – right down the middle of the freeway. An option to take the train down LBJ would relieve alot of congetstion right there!

    1. Nancy says:

      i agree with you Lyn. that would definitely be better than these so called toll roads.. so sick of having to pay just to drive!

  4. Dallas - HEHEHE says:

    Thank you, Lord Jesus, or whoever is up there, for moving me to Fort Worth!

    1. Marcel says:

      Ft. Worth already has worst traffic than Dallas. Been on 820 lately?

      1. Dallas - HEHEHE says:

        820 and parts of 35 are a nightmare, yes, but it’s never 635. Dallas has WORSE (not worst) traffic. Want a real nightmare? Go to Houston and travel the 610 loop.

      2. Nancy says:

        820 IS worst than 635. No one ever goes more than 50 and the speed limit is 60! with only 2 lanes! it takes me from 183/121-to-820-to-35 almost an hour if not more every time! and the traffic starts already around 230-7! my drives back to east dallas are around 45 to an hour

    2. bourneblogger says:

      I guess neither of you have ever been on 360 after a Dallas Cowboys game… I’m still stuck in traffic from the last game of the 2010 season…

  5. Marcel says:

    And who’s going to pay a dollar a mile to use the new pay lanes?

  6. Ho Hope 635 says:

    An outdate design. Make a triple decker with a total of 20 lanes each direction.

  7. Ryan Barrows says:

    probably something Rick Perry approved… LOL

  8. KAT says:

    WHAT IVE BEEN THINKING WOULD REALLY HELP EASE CONGESTION ON THE HIGHWAYS WOULD BE TO HAVE A CRUISE LANE FROM HIGHWAY TO HIGHWAY-NO EXITS IN BETWEEN. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE FROM 75 STRIAGHT THROUGH TO 35, ONE FROM 635 STRAIGHT THROUGH TO 30, ETC.

    1. Jae says:

      Exactly what I was thinking – an express lane like real big cities have, instead of the useless HOV lanes.

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