Eastbound 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 to construct the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, will close the eastbound main lanes of Woodall Rodgers Freeway to through traffic this weekend. This closure will begin at midnight Saturday night, March 19, 2011, and will re open by 5:00 a.m. Monday morning, March 21, 2011.
This closure will also involve closing the eastbound frontage road between St. Paul Street and Pearl Street. The eastbound frontage road closure will begin at 5 a.m. Sunday morning, March 20, 2011 and will continue until 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2011. This is the last complete mainlane closure this month. We do not expect any other complete mainlane closures for approximately two months. These closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public during the complex operations involved in the placing of beams for the project. The beams serve as the base of the park located above the freeway.
Both northbound and southbound I-35 E traffic bound for eastbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to eastbound I-30. Eastbound frontage road traffic will be detoured south on St. Paul Street then east on Ross Avenue then back north on Pearl Street back to the eastbound frontage road.
Motorists should seek alternate routes to navigate to their destinations through downtown Dallas this weekend. Signage has been in place informing motorists of the upcoming closure.
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.