DALLAS The contractor, Archer Western, contracted by The Texas Department of Transportation to construct the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, will close all the main lanes of Woodall Rodgers Freeway to through traffic this weekend.

The closure of the eastbound main lanes will begin at 12 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, (midnight Saturday night) and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29. The closure of the westbound main lanes will also begin at 12 a.m. Sunday, but will temporarily reopen at 10 a.m. Sunday. It will then be closed again from 5 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday. The eastbound frontage road will remain open, but the westbound frontage road will close from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday. This closure is one of a limited number of weekend closures allowable by contract.

Both northbound and southbound IH-35E traffic bound for eastbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to eastbound IH-30. Southbound US 75 and northbound IH 45 bound for westbound Woodall Rodgers will be detoured to westbound IH-30. Signage has been in place informing motorist of the upcoming closure. Motorists should follow the marked detour or consider seeking an alternate route.

The closure is necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public as the contractor installs beams over the main lanes of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The beams will form the base of the park located above the freeway.

TxDOT strives to minimize the impact of these closures to area motorists by limiting the work to occur during off-peak hours or weekends, limiting the number of closures and as noted above, gives consideration to weekend events in the area.

Information on future construction activities will be posted on TxDOTs website at www.txdot.gov in addition to postings on the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation website at www.theparkdallas.org under the mobility section.