Traffic Switch on Northwest Highway to Eliminate Eastbound access to E. and W. Lawther
Construction of Northwest Highway continues
DALLAS – The contractor, Rebcon, contracted by The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to re-construct the bridges of Northwest Highway, will be working on utility construction along eastbound Northwest Highway between the area just west of the DART bridge to the intersection at W. Lawther. This work will necessitate the closure of a portion of the trail and the temporary detour for pedestrian and cyclist traffic. The closure will last approximately 2 weeks; beginning February 3, 2011 and lasting unt il February 18, 2011.
Portable message boards notifying the public of the pedestrian trail detour closure have been in place since January 28, 2011. TxDOT has also notified a local cyclist group of the upcoming closure.
This project is approximately one- mile, $32 million dollar project to raise Northwest Highway 6 – 8 feet thereby reducing the flooding issues historical in the area. Construction on the project began in November of 2009 and is currently estimated to be complete in April of 2012. TxDOT and the City of Dallas have hosted many public meetings on this project. This partnership project includes a special aesthetics package, with funding from the City of Dallas and Dallas County, with additional stonework, railing on the bike trail and allowance for hike/bike trails in TxDOT right-of-way. Once complete area motorists and residents will have an improved facility and cyclists will be able to avoid traffic at the intersection of W. Lawther and Northwest Highway and pass underneath the facility on a path.
TxDOT strives to minimize the impact of these closures to area motorists while maintaining safety and appreciates the cooperation and patience of area citizens, motorists and cyclist.
Information on construction activities is posted on TxDOT’s website at www.txdot.gov.