Omar Villafranca, NBCDFW.com
The first stage of the five-year LBJ Express project began Monday.
Drivers in the Dallas area can expect delays for years as part of a $2.7 billion interstate highway improvement project known as LBJ Express.
The five-year reconstruction project will include reconstruction of frontage lanes and main lanes on Interstate 635 between Interstate 35E and US 75, and the addition of managed toll lanes on both I-635 and I-35E, between Loop 12 and I-635.
Monday was the first regular workday for the road closures, in preparation for upgrades to 17 miles of I-635 and I-35E that should be finished in five years.
The initial closures involve high-occupancy vehicle lanes, or HOV, used by drivers accompanied by at least one passenger.
"Closing the HOV lanes will allow travel lanes to be reconfigured as our crews prepare to reconstruct bridges crossing I-635, starting with Rosser Road and the Joe Ratcliff Pedestrian Walkway in the coming months," said Lara Kohl, Public Relations Manager for Trinity Infrastructure LLC, the company in charge of the five-year construction process.
The remainder of the HOV lanes will be closed later this summer. The LBJ Express website offers up-to-the-minute information on lane closures and navigating the area.
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