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All Main Lanes of Woodall Rogers Freeway Closed to Through Traffic this Weekend

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Traffic will be detoured to IH-30

DALLAS– The contractor, Archer Western, contracted by The Texas Department of Transportation to construct the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, will close the main lanes of Woodall Rodgers Freeway to through traffic this weekend.  The closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011 and reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday morning, May 23.  Both frontage roads will remain open.   The closure is one of the limited number of weekend closures allowable by contract.

Both northbound and southbound IH-35E traffic bound for eastbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to eastbound IH-30.  Southbound US 75 and northbound IH 45 bound for westbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to westbound IH-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 demolishes two utility bridges over Woodall Rodgers that are no longer in service.  These utility crossings have now been incorporated into the deck park structure.

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 ofSt. Pauland extends 1/4 mile to east ofPearl Street, and when complete, will create a short tunnel.   

This partnership project between TxDOT, the City ofDallasand 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. 

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