Detour Alert: Interstate 30 Construction Near Lake Ray Hubbard

Several parts of I-30 being worked on this weekend

Get ready for a weekend full of road construction and potential traffic headaches.

One problem spot will be on Interstate 30 in Garland near Lake Ray Hubbard. TxDOT said drivers can expect quite a backup as they travel westbound along I-30 through that part of Dallas County. Crews are at work now, preparing for the big shutdown Friday night.

The westbound lanes of I-30 will be closed starting just east of Bass Pro Drive to just west of Zion Road from 9 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday. Construction workers will place steel bridge beams for the President George Bush Turnpike Direct Connector from state Highway 78 to I-30.

If you're driving west on I-30 this weekend, you'll have to exit at Bass Pro Drive, stay on the frontage road, and get back onto I-30 at the entrance ramp just west of Zion Road.

"I will avoid it at all possible. This is not the first time they've done this. They've done this before. So you get kind of used to it," said John Like, of Rockwall.

The construction work is part of the bigger one-billion-dollar Eastern Extension Project of the Turnpike, which will create a six-lane toll road almost 10 miles long. It will pass through Garland, Sachse, and Rowlett.

Drivers have their own plans to get around the mess.

"On the weekends, because it's been so bad 'cause they've shut down the highway, unless we really have to go into town, we stay in Rockwall," said Eleni Krodel.

TxDOT says it's trying to complete the I-30 interchange by next summer.

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