The Texas Department of Transportation has released the following traffic updates and road advisories relating to work being done across the Metroplex.

U.S. Highway 75

Main lanes and frontage roads for U.S. Highway 75 in Dallas will be closed from 2-3 a.m. Monday, June 25, at Forest Lane for a communication line installation.

This includes closing the southbound Coit Road entrance ramp.

The closure is necessary to pull several aerial communication lines across the highway. Traffic flow will be completely stopped for 10-minute intervals during the one-hour closure, 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.

Highway 75

main lanes

Southbound main lanes of Highway 75 from south of Spring Creek Parkway to north of 15th Street in Plano will be closed from 10 p.m., Saturday, June 23, to 4 a.m., Sunday, June 24.

The closure for this $20,000 project is necessary to begin assembling a 150-foot high mast light pole in the median of Highway 75. This type of light pole will replace the existing light poles along the 3.5-mile project.

“These types of (high mast) light poles are better suited for major highways, such as U.S. 75, than traditional types of light poles, consisting of only one or two lights,” said Ron Johnston, Collin County area engineer. “These light poles provide better illumination to the roadway and are easier to maintain, since they don’t require a lane closure or the use of a bucket truck to repair.”

All southbound traffic will be detoured to the frontage road 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.

Message boards announcing the roadway closure have been placed along Highway 75 to notify motorists of the scheduled closure, weather permitting. 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 Highway 75 from the President George Bush Turnpike (State Highway 190) to Spring Creek Parkway.

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

Weekend bridge work

Three eastbound Interstate 20 main lanes from Great Southwest Parkway to Robinson Road in Grand Prairie will be closed from 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 24.

This closure is necessary for safety reasons, as concrete beams for a new bridge are placed over Interstate 20 at State Highway 161.

All traffic will be tapered down to one left lane and will be temporarily stopped during the hanging of each beam. Once installed, traffic will be allowed to proceed through the construction zone while the contractor prepares the next beam for placement. The public is strongly urged to seek an alternate route, such as Interstate 30.

Message boards announcing the construction work have been placed in both directions along I-20 to provide information to the traveling public.

J.D. Abrams is the contractor for this 4.3-mile project to build six-lane frontage roads, from north of I-20 to Spur 303, which began in October 2005 and has a tentative completion date of September 2008.

The cost of the project is $43 million.

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

I-20/I-45

connector ramp

TxDOT will close the eastbound I-20 connector ramp to northbound Interstate 45 at Hutchins from 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23, to 7 a.m. Sunday, June 24.

The closure is to allow survey work to be performed for an upcoming roadway construction project.

All eastbound I-20 traffic wanting to go northbound on I-45 will be detoured to the Dowdy Ferry Road exit and then directed to the westbound frontage road of I-20 and ultimately onto northbound I-45.

This work has been requested by Gorrondona & Associates, Inc. and has been given the notice-to-proceed by TxDOT. The precaution of utilizing this lane closure is being taken to protect the field survey crews and the motoring public.

I-35E closure

TxDOT will close all northbound and southbound Interstate 35E main lanes and frontage roads, between Justin Road and Valley Ridge Boulevard at Lewisville in Denton County, from 1-5 a.m. Monday, June 25. The closure is so contractors can pull several new aerial power lines across the highway.

Traffic flow will be completely stopped for 15-minute intervals during the four-hour closure, weather permitting. Traffic control will be provided by local police officers.

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

FM 548 work

Rehabilitation work on Farm-to-Market 548 from Lonesome Dove Road to the Kaufman and Rockwall County lines set to begin in June has been further delayed due to heavy rains.

Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to begin Thursday, July 5.

Jan Heady, P.E., area engineer of the TxDOT Kaufman County Area Office said she wants to ensure area residents and motorists that TxDOT is committed to this project.

“The FM 548 project, part of a $5.6 million contract for various roadways in eastern Kaufman County, will consist of revitalizing the old roadbed, placing a fiberglass material within the roadbed to enhance strength and applying a new asphalt surface,” she said. “However, in order for TxDOT to be able to start construction, five days of dry, hot weather is needed to dry up the existing roadbed and ditches.”

The TxDOT Dallas District, Peachtree Construction Ltd., Dustrol Inc. and SEM Materials have been refining this new construction process since last summer and are ready to proceed.

“This is an exciting new process for us,” Heady said. “Complete rehabilitation of existing roadways can now be accomplished much quicker than with conventional techniques.”

Various northbound and southbound lanes of FM 548 will be closed daily for the duration of the project. Construction crews will be working from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Due to an extensive amount of construction equipment on the roadway, flaggers and a pilot car will be provided to help guide the public through the area.

Motorists should expect delays during working hours and are encouraged to take alternate routes. All heavy trucks and wide loads will be restricted on FM 548 during this construction period.

Message boards announcing the construction have been placed on FM 548 near the intersections of State Highway 205 and U.S. Highway 80 to provide information to the traveling public. These boards will be updated periodically to inform motorists of the impending construction.