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Dalls: Nightly Closures of Eastbound Woodall Rodgers This Weekend

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Traffic will be detoured to I-30 on Saturday and Sunday

DALLAS – The contractor, Archer Western, contracted by The Texas Department of Transportation to construct the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, will close the eastbound mainlanes of Woodall Rodgers Freeway Saturday and Sunday nights.

The closure of the eastbound mainlanes will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3 until 10 a.m. Sunday morning when the mainlanes will re-open.  Then at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 the mainlanes will again close until 5 a.m. Monday morning.  The westbound main lanes as well as both frontage roads will remain open.  

Both northbound and southbound Interstate 35 E traffic bound for eastbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to eastbound Interstate 30.  Signage has been in place informing motorists 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 fireproofing to the underside of the beams over Woodall Rodgers Freeway.  The fireproofing will protect the beams from damage in the event of a fire on Woodall Rodgers.

This work is important to the timeline of the project and was scheduled for early in December to avoid as much inconvenience as possible to motorists during the beginning of the holiday season. No other weekend closures are expected for the rest of December on this project.

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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