NTTA Press Release: South End of Tollway To Be Closed Temporarily

This just in from the North Texas Tollway Authority:

On the night of Friday, June 22, starting at midnight until Monday, June 25, at 5:00 a.m., the south end of the Tollway will be closed northbound from IH-35E to Mockingbird and southbound from Northwest Highway to the southern end of the Tollway. The Cedar Springs Road Bridge, in both directions, will also be closed during this time. On Monday morning, the Tollway and the Cedar Springs Road Bridge will both be open to two-way traffic.

NTTA construction crews will be demolishing the old Cedar Springs Road Bridge, placing drainage lines under the Tollway to prevent flooding during heavy storms, hanging bridge beams for the bridge over Oak Lawn Avenue and performing pavement repairs on the IH-35E ramp northbound to the Tollway.

“The best news is that on Monday morning, when we reopen the Tollway, we will also be reopening the new Cedar Springs Bridge to two-way traffic,” said Mark Bouma, NTTA’s Director of Engineering. “Over the weekend of the 23rd, we will be performing several different projects to reduce the necessity for additional closures and customer inconvenience.”

On the Tollway, southbound motorists will have to exit at Northwest Highway or sooner. The southbound entrance ramps at Lovers Ln., Mockingbird Ln. and Lemmon Ave. will be closed. Southbound entrance ramps from Walnut Hill, Royal Lane and Forest Lane will also be closed due to the short distance before they have to exit. Northbound Tollway entrances at Harry Hines Blvd., IH-35E and Wycliff Ave. will be closed and northbound traffic will not be able to enter the Tollway until Mockingbird Lane. Signage will be placed on the Tollway in several places to notify motorists of the closure.

“We hope to cause minimal inconvenience, but we are excited about this project because, when complete, it will result in a safer commute for motorists. Safety is a top priority at the NTTA,” Bouma said.

During these closures, motorists should plan ahead, seek alternative routes and expect delays. IH-35E and Central Expressway serve as viable alternatives to the Tollway during this time.

This project is part of a $50 million dollar renovation to the 40-year-old South end of the Tollway. It is one of several projects and major construction efforts being undertaken by the NTTA to improve mobility in north Texas. Other major projects include: the Tollway Extension Phase 3 from State Highway 121 to U.S. 380 in Collin County, the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge in Denton County, the eastern extension of the President George Bush Turnpike, the Southwest Parkway in Tarrant County and the Trinity Parkway near downtown Dallas.

All efforts are subject to weather conditions.