Downtown Dallas 4-year road construction project begins
A four-year $798 billion road construction project begins this week in a huge effort by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to improve traffic flow through Downtown Dallas and the Mixmaster where Interstate 30 and Interstate 35 connect. The area currently ranks among the 17 most congested roadways in Texas.
Specific construction improvements include several new bridges along Interstates 30 and 35E across the Trinity River and widening the downtown Mixmaster. TxDOT says once the project is complete, which is projected to be early 2017, safety and mobility will be significantly increased for the more than 460,000 drivers who travel Interstate 30 and 35East every weekday.
The construction project is referred to as the “Horseshoe Project” by TxDOT because of the u-shaped horseshoe the construction area forms on a map.
TxDOT has made efforts to reduce problems the road construction may cause drivers for the next four years. For example, the construction company will face a stiff penalty of approximately $100,000 per hour if the contractor closes too many lanes during peak travel times. Also, most of the construction work will take place at night and during off-peak hours.