Main Lanes of Woodall Rodgers Freeway Closed to Through Traffic this Weekend
Traffic will be detoured to I-30
DALLAS – The contractor, Archer Western, contracted by The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to construct the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, will close the main lanes of Woodall Rodgers Freeway to through traffic this weekend.
The closure of the westbound mainlanes will begin at midnight on Saturday, November 20, 2010 and reopen at 2 a.m. on Monday morning, Nov. 22, 2010. The closure of two eastbound mainlanes (leaving one lane open to through traffic) will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 and continue through 8 am Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at which time all eastbound lanes will be closed to through traffic and will re-open at 2 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.
The two right lanes of Pearl Street between the eastbound and westbound frontage roads will also be closed from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Both frontage roads will remain open. The closure is one of the limited number of weekend closures allowable by contract.
Both southbound US 75 traffic and northbound I-45 traffic bound for westbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to westbound I-30. Northbound and southbound I-35E traffic bound for eastbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to eastbound I-30. Signage has been in place informing motorist of the upcoming closure. Motorists should follow the marked detour or consider seeking an alternate route.
The closure is necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public as the contractor installs beams over Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The beams will form the base of the park located above the freeway.
TxDOT strives to minimize the impact of these closures to area motorists by limiting the work to occur during off-peak hours or weekends, limiting the number of closures and as noted above, gives consideration to weekend events in the area.
Information on future construction activities will be posted on TxDOT’s website at www.txdot.gov in addition to postings on the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation website at www.theparkdallas.org under the mobility section.
TxDOT awarded the $44.5 million dollar contract to Archer Western to construct the deck and plaza over Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The project starts west of St. Paul and extends 1/4 mile to east of Pearl Street, and when complete, will create a short tunnel.
This partnership project between TxDOT, the City of Dallas and the private sector included $16.7 million dollars of enhancement funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is scheduled to be completed in early 2012.
TxDOT asks motorists to drive carefully through the work zone and appreciates their patience during this unique and exciting project.