Christine Lee, NBC 5 Irving Reporter
Beams for the LBJ Express Project soon will be manufactured at the former site of Texas Stadium to save TxDOT time, money.
Beams for the LBJ Express Project soon will be manufactured at the site of the former Texas Stadium.
Large beams for the LBJ Express Project regularly make their way across Interstate 635 from Central Texas. But in a few months, the beams will be manufactured and delivered from the nearby former football field, saving money and time.
"Going just a couple of miles down the road is a lot better than going a couple hundred miles way," said Tony Hartzel, Texas Department of Transportation spokesman.
The LBJ Express Project, a $2.7 billion road project, is slated to be complete in December 2015.
"When we're done, we're going to have additional lanes -- three in each direction along I-635. Those lanes will be tolled," said Andy Rittler, LBJ Infrastructure Group spokesman. "On I-35E, we're going to have two lanes in each direction."
TxDOT has been using the former home of the Dallas Cowboys as a staging area for several years. The agency also expects to use the land when the Airport Freeway widening project begins some time next year.
"The football stadium was located right at the nexus of several major highways," Hartzel said. "That was there for a reason, but now we're rebuilding a lot of highways and we're using the same spot. This is pretty nice."
Texas Stadium was imploded on April 11, 2008, and TxDOT signed a 10-year lease with the city of Irving in 2009.
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