TEXpress lanes will be permanently closed starting April 27 for new construction
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Initial construction has begun on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) 635 East Project on Interstate 635 (I-635) in Dallas County. As part of this construction, the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/Express Managed Toll Lanes between US 75 and I-30 will close Monday morning, April 27 until the end of the project in late 2024. At that time, they will re-open as Managed Toll (TEXpress) Lanes.
- Permanent closures of the following HOV/Express (TEXpress) access points within the corridor will include:
- The westbound I-635 HOV/Express (TEXpress) entrance at Oates Drive
- The westbound I-635 HOV/Express (TEXpress) entrance at Jupiter Road
- The westbound I-635 HOV/Express (TEXpress) entrance at Skillman Street
- The eastbound I-635 HOV/Express (TEXpress) entrance at TI Boulevard
Drivers traveling eastbound on the LBJ TEXpress Lanes (I-35E to US 75) will be required to exit onto the main lanes after US 75.
The closure of the HOV/Express (TEXpress) Lanes will last the duration of the 635 East Project. Upon project completion, the lanes will reopen as Managed Toll (TEXpress) Lanes with shoulders, separated from the main lanes by concrete barriers.
TxDOT awarded the project to Pegasus Link Constructors (PLC), the project’s general contractor, in summer 2019 to design and build the 635 East Project. PLC will rebuild approximately 11 miles of I-635 from just east of US 75 in north Dallas to I-30 in Mesquite, including the direct connectors at the I-30/I-635 interchange. The upcoming closure of the HOV/Express (TEXpress) Lanes will be the first major construction closure for the project, kicking off roadway improvements this year that will also consist of utility work, frontage and mai nane construction.
A virtual construction overview is available for view on the project’s website, providing a summary of what to expect during construction, can be found here.