With a few months left before an expected completion to Phase 1 of the Interstate 35E/Interstate 35 construction, multiple nightly lane closures are scheduled this weekend along the 30-mile stretch of roadway.
Officials with the 35Express Project say a majority of the nighttime lane closures are being done to place permanent pavement on the roadway. Work began in 2013 on a $1.4 billion expansion along I-35E/I-35 stretching 30 miles between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and Interstate 635 in Dallas County.
The following road closures are slated for the Denton County area this weekend:
— From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Saturday, all northbound I-35E frontage road lanes and eastbound and westbound lanes at North Texas Boulevard are closed. Multiple detour signs will be posted to assist motorists around the closed lanes.
— Both northbound lanes on the I-35E frontage road near Oak Street in Denton will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.
— From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Sunday, various southbound lanes of I-35E near Bonnie Brae Street and the northbound I-35W ramp connecting to southbound I-35E will be closed. During the ramp closure, drivers will be detoured to exit at Bonnie Brae Street and access I-35E from the McCormick Street/Avenue A on-ramp.
— Beginning Friday, the northbound I-35E frontage road at McCormick/Avenue A will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Monday.
— Various lane closures are scheduled on northbound I-35E near Lake Dallas Drive from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Thursday.
— In Lewisville, the southbound I-35E entrance ramps at Valley Ridge Boulevard and FM 1171/Main Street and the exit ramp to Fox Avenue will close, and drivers will be detoured to the service road from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through May 30.
— From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, the southbound I-35E entrance ramp at FM3040/Round Grove Road will be closed, and drivers will be detoured along the frontage road to access the interstate at State Highway 121.
Multiple closures also are scheduled for 35Express' southern segment in Carrollton, Dallas and Farmers Branch.
Throughout the entire 35Express corridor, various northbound and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and frontage road closures from 6 to 9 a.m. are scheduled through Aug. 20.
C.J. Schexnayder, public information manager for the 35Express Project, said work is on schedule and is expected to wrap up this summer. He recommends drivers sign up for travel alerts to stay up to date of the various lane closures along the corridor. Because closures are throughout a 30-mile stretch, Schexnayder said he couldn't comment on the typical delay drivers could expect on roadways at night.
"The ongoing work should be what folks have been running into the last several weeks," he said.
A complete list of scheduled closures this weekend is available on the 35Express website at www.35express.org, where drivers can also sign up for travel alerts.
"The closures this weekend, that's going to make a significant change when things open back up," said Donna Huerta, a Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman. "We just really encourage motorists to plan ahead, and if they go through the construction [work zone], watch the speed limit ... and just be careful."
Construction work along the I-35E corridor has included multiple frontage road and bridge improvements, including the southbound bridge along Lewisville Lake, additional general-purpose lanes in both directions, pedestrian and bike paths and an 18-mile reversible managed toll lane system.
North Texas-based company AGL Constructors is managing the project for TxDOT.
Funding sources still are being identified for Phase 2 of the project, which is expected to cost more than $3 billion. According to Huerta, it could be five to 10 years before that portion of the project gets underway. She said the Phase 1 expansion will accommodate additional lanes planned for Phase 2, including a northbound bridge over Lewisville Lake.
A round of community meetings to update the public on the progress of Phase 1 and the last leg of work are slated for June. Schexnayder said notices will go out in the next couple of weeks.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.