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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - One of the busiest highways in North Texas is about to get even harder to navigate. The Dallas City Council is set to meet on Monday to talk about more road construction along the LBJ Freeway. There are two projects that are up for discussion.

This all involves the portion of the freeway between the High Five interchange and Interstate-30, in the eastern part of the city.

The first part of the plan calls for adding express HOV lanes. The Texas Department of Transportation has said that this would nearly double the amount of vehicles expected to utilize the HOV lanes. This project would be completed in early 2016.

The city’s transportation committee is going to look at this phase of the project on Monday. Then, the city will hold its first public meeting to talk about the plan at 5:00 p.m. on June 17 at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ on Walnut Hill Lane.

But the long-term plan, officials said, would address traffic congestion through 2040. That includes continuous frontage roads and phased road construction. This is still in the planning stages. TxDOT anticipates that this ultimate design plan would be finished next year with construction beginning soon afterward.

The cost of the project is estimated to be $1.5 billion. Funding is a question that will be addressed by the State Legislature next year.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Dallas City Council member Sandy Greyson, “now that we’ve got the western part almost done between 75 and 35. And I know that Garland and Dallas are very anxious to get the eastern part going, and they wanted to be much like the western part with the frontage road connections and the managed lanes, so I think it’s a great project and we need to get it done sooner rather than later.”

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