Mast Lighting Assembly in Plano

From STAFF REPORTS

TxDOT road closure information

From STAFF REPORTS

The Texas Department of Transportation has released information about several expected road closures in the Metroplex area over the next several weeks.

U.S. 75 in Plano

TxDOT will begin closing all southbound main lanes of U.S. Highway 75 from south of Spring Creek Parkway to north of 15th Street in Plano at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 16, to 4 a.m., Sunday, June 17.

This closure is necessary to begin the relocation of the high mast lighting assembly along the 3.5-mile project. Traffic will be detoured to the frontage road.

“All southbound traffic will be diverted to the U.S. 75 frontage roads just south of Spring Creek Parkway and will be allowed to re-enter the highway just north of 15th Street, without having to go through any signalized intersections,” said Ron Johnston, P.E., area engineer of the Collin County Area Office. “This should help facilitate the flow of traffic in this area, but delays can still be expected.”

Message boards announcing the roadway closure have been placed along U.S. 75 to notify the public of the scheduled closures. Law enforcement will also be present to help with traffic control.

This work is part of an $8.2 million bottleneck and ramp reversal project along U.S. 75 from the President George Bush Turnpike (State Highawy 190) to Spring Creek Parkway.

The contractor for this project is Tiseo Paving Co. of Mesquite.

TxDOT to host public hearing

TxDOT will conduct a public hearing on the proposed widening and extension of Lake Ridge Parkway from south of Great Southwest Parkway/High Hawk Boulevard to I-20 on Tuesday, July 10, at West Elementary School, located at 2911 Kingswood Blvd. in Grand Prairie.

The hearing will begin with an open house at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation at 7. A public comment session will be held after the presentation.

During the event, TxDOT representatives will discuss the widening of Lake Ridge Parkway in Dallas and Tarrant counties for a distance of about two miles, to enhance the regional transportation system by improving mobility and the connectivity with roadways in the southern Dallas-Fort Worth Region.

Proposed enhancements to the project would widen Lake Ridge Parkway’s existing four-lane, divided urban roadway to a six-lane, divided curb and gutter roadway with left-turn lanes at selected intersections. Also, it is being proposed to extend Lake Ridge Parkway from north of Polo Road to the south frontage road of I-20, adding about 25.1 acres of additional right-of-way.

The environmental document, maps, drawings and other project information will be on display at the hearing. This and other information are available for viewing and copying at the TxDOT Southwest Dallas County Area Office, located at 1424 High Meadows Way in Cedar Hill, and at the TxDOT Dallas District Office, located at 4777 East Highway 80 in Mesquite.

Information concerning the Relocation and Assistance Program, as well as, services and benefits available to displacees can be obtained from either of the TxDOT offices.

U.S. 75 closure in Dallas

TxDOT will temporarily close all mainlanes and frontage roads at U.S. 75 at two locations that are north of the intersection of Walnut Hill Road and U.S. 75 and at the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and U.S. 75.

The closures will occur from 2-3 a.m. Monday, June 18.

The closure is necessary to pull several aerial fiber-optic utility lines across the highway. Traffic flow will be completely stopped for about 20 minutes at each location, weather permitting. Traffic control will be provided by local police officers.

Road signs have been placed in both directions along the highway warning motorists of the closure.

I-30 to close for bridgework

TxDOT will close eastbound and westbound Interstate 30 at N.W. 19th Street in Grand Prairie to allow for the setting of precast concrete panels on the bridge beams.

I-30 at N.W. 19th Street will close from 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, to 6 a.m. Sunday, June 17. Precast concrete panels will be set on the southbound frontage road of SH 161 underpass during this time. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and directed onto the overpass ramps at NW 19th Street to allow motorists to bypass the construction.

“This work is important because it provides for the placement of concrete pavement on the bridge and will ultimately lead to opening the bridge to traffic,” said Tony Payberah, assistant area engineer for the Southwest Dallas Area Office.

Message boards announcing the roadway closure have been placed in both directions along I-30 to notify the public of the scheduled closures. Law enforcement will also be present to help with traffic control.

This construction work is part of phase one of a $28 million project to construct a five-level interchange at I-30 and SH 161, which has a tentative completion date of March 2008. The contractor for this project is Texas Sterling Construction L.P of Grand Prairie.

The work will take place weather permitting.