First lane closures begin Saturday for major LBJ project

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 8:53 AM

DALLAS - At worst, it's being called North Texas' own 'carmageddon.' At best, it's going to be inconvenient. 

The road closures scheduled for this weekend on LBJ Freeway will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane going eastbound between Marsh Lane and Webb Chapel Road.

Crews will be demolishing the Joe Ratcliff Pedestrian Bridge. First, they will close the eastbound lanes and then reopen them as they move to the westbound lanes. Traffic will then be reduced to one lane westbound along the same stretch of LBJ.

Traffic should be back to normal by noon Sunday if everything goes as scheduled.

This is the first of six weekends of construction work scheduled for crews planning to demolish four bridges along the LBJ Freeway. The road closures and detours will vary each time.

The construction work is all related to the LBJ Express Project. Crews are adding high-speed toll lanes to double the freeway's capacity for traffic. It's already one of the busiest roads in the nation.

The remodeled freeway is expected to be completed by 2016.
   

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