The Texas Department of Transportation is making preparations to keep roads safe and traffic flowing ahead of a busy weekend that includes the NCAA Final Four, NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway, live ESPN broadcasts from Sundance Square and a large outdoor music festival at Reunion Park.
The Dallas and Fort Worth districts of TxDOT are working with maintenance supervisors and contractors to eliminate most of its scheduled lane closures around current construction projects this weekend in areas likely to see heavy traffic.
“With so many people expected to be on the roads this weekend, we expect traffic delays in certain areas,” said Bill Hale, Dallas District Engineer. “But it is important for TxDOT to do everything we can to ease the congestion, while maintaining a safe highway system. Thousands of people will be visiting North Texas – many of them, for the first time – and TxDOT is doing its part to make sure our visitors enjoy their time here.”
TxDOT began preparing at some of its largest construction projects earlier this week, several days before sports fans are expected to arrive. Here’s a look at some of the steps being taken:
- On the North Tarrant Express project (SH 183, I-820 and I-35W) in Tarrant County near the Texas Motor Speedway, there will be no main-lane closures or new closures from Thursday, April 3, at 3 p.m. to Monday, April 7, at noon.
- The HOV ramp at Baird Farm Road on I-30 is being reopened to accommodate Final Four traffic heading to AT&T Stadium.
- The TEXpress Lanes (toll managed lanes) along SH 114, north of DFW Airport, which head to and from the Texas Motor Speedway, have been opened at zero cost for a temporary introductory period to help with traffic flow.
- TxDOT and the Dallas Police Department have agreed to close the Lamar Street on ramp to WB I-30 and I-35E (part of the Horseshoe project) ahead of schedule to better manage traffic this weekend.
- The northbound frontage road of I-35E (part of the Horseshoe project) between Hotel and Houston streets has been closed ahead of schedule to help manage this weekend’s traffic.
- The LBJ Express and the 35E projects will have no main-lane closures this weekend.
- The eastbound I-30 exit to Commerce is now open after being closed for two months and the northbound frontage road of I-35E between Reunion and Commerce is scheduled to open.
About the Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at txdot.gov.
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Motorists also can call TxDOT's toll-free highway condition line at 1-800-452-9292 for roadway information. For non-emergency roadside assistance, motorists can call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 1-800-525-5555.