Stemmons Project Should Help Traffic Congestion

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Plans are coming together to ease traffic issues in one of Dallas’s most congested areas – lower Stemmons Freeway.

The $121 million project would transform the interchange between two major interstate highways that serve downtown Dallas, I-35E from I-30 to north of Oak Lawn Avenue.

“I travel a lot downtown to get my daughter to school. And‚ you end up taking different routes‚ back roads to get through,” says Delanta Carter.

The Lower Stemmons Freeway Project is expected to soothe congestion, and cut out traffic weaving between Woodall Rogers Freeway and the Dallas North Tollway.

“Any lane closures, we’ll try to do it at night so there’ll be very little disruption during the peak hours of traffic,” said Kelly Selman a TXDOT District Engineer.

The project should boost traffic from 13 miles an hour during the height of rush hour to 50 miles an hour – that’s welcome news for drivers.

Carter says, “You get to a point where it’s zero. You have to stop, like this morning. It was so crazy!”

Among the improvements are reconstructed ramps, bridge structures, and new roads along each side of 35E.

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