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Woodall Rodgers to be closed all weekend

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DALLAS - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is beginning construction on the Woodall Rodgers Deck this weekend.  A full closure of Woodall Rodgers is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 and continue through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. The closure is necessary for the demolition of the Harwood bridge overpass.  Harwood Street will be permanently removed to make room for a new 5.2 acre park spanning across Woodall Rodgers.

TxDOT designed the contract to minimize construction impacts and maximize safety for the traveling public. Closures will be limited to nights and weekends as well as further consideration for area events and activities.

The inside lane of both the eastbound and westbound frontage roads will be closed in addition to the complete closure of Woodall Rodgers; however, two frontage road lanes will remain open between St. Paul and Pearl; otherwise, all three frontage road lanes will be available.

A full closure of Woodall Rodgers Freeway will also occur on the following weekend for the demolition and temporary removal of the westbound St. Paul exit ramp. The closure will begin following the Dallas Stars game Friday evening, Oct. 30 and will continue through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2.

The St. Paul ramp is scheduled to be rebuilt and opened to motorists in six months. 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 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.

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