Ex­pect ma­jor de­lays as I-30 is closed in Ar­ling­ton all week­end

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY GOR­DON DICK­SON AND BILL HANNA gdick­son@star-tele­gram.com bill­hanna@star-tele­gram.com

A huge free­way clo­sure is com­ing to Ar­ling­ton this week­end. Three miles of In­ter­state 30 from Collins Street to the Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush Turn­pike will be closed so crews can de­mol­ish some old bridges.

The clo­sures are sched­uled to be­gin about 7 p.m. Fri­day and con­tinue un­til no later than 5 a.m. Mon­day, an of­fi­cial said.

It’s all part of a $230 mil­lion makeover of the I-30/ Texas 360 in­ter­change.

This is the first of six ma­jor free­way clo­sures that will oc­cur along I-30 be­tween now and the project’s com­ple­tion in 2021, state of­fi­cials said. It has been sched­uled this week­end be­cause no ma­jor events are sched­uled at AT&T Sta­dium, and Six Flags over Texas is closed.

It will in­volve not only the Texas Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion but also the ci­ties of Ar­ling­ton and Grand Prairie.

The best ad­vice: Avoid the traf­fic snarl if pos­si­ble.

“We’re ask­ing mo­torists to use al­ter­na­tive routes,” said Texas Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion spokesman Val Lopez. “We’re con­cerned about the im­pact of traf­fic trav­el­ing through DFW.”

But if you get caught in the mas­sive de­tour through Ar­ling­ton and Grand Prairie, be ad­vised that 27 traf­fic sig­nals have been syn­chro­nized to get drivers through those ci­ties as quickly as pos­si­ble, an Ar­ling­ton of­fi­cial said.

Still, if you need to travel east-to-west across Dal­lasFort Worth this week­end, the best ad­vice is to avoid the I-30 cor­ri­dor and in­stead go a few miles north and take Texas 183 “Air­port Free­way” through North­east Tar­rant County. Or, go a few miles south and take In­ter­state 20

through the south­ern part of Dal­las and Tar­rant coun­ties.

Of­fi­cials are also warn­ing that mak­ing your own route on city side streets may not be pos­si­ble.

In Ar­ling­ton, Ran­dol Mill Road east of State High­way 360 will be closed to through traf­fic this week­end, and in Grand Prairie, Jan­uary Lane west of State High­way 161 will be lim­ited to lo­cal ac­cess only.

Some streets that cut through neigh­bor­hoods will also be closed off to pre­vent im­pa­tient drivers from try­ing to make their own short­cuts, Ar­ling­ton spokes­woman Su­san Schrock said.

As with most planned road clo­sures, the work is weather per­mit­ting. How­ever, state of­fi­cials are con­fi­dent they will be able to get this work done rain or shine — and the weather fore­cast for this week­end is chilly but mostly mild.

The project mostly in­volves de­mol­ish­ing old bridge work, Lopez said, so even if there is rain­fall work­ers can still get the job done. This par­tic­u­lar part of the project in­volves no con­crete or as­phalt pour­ing, or other ac­tiv­i­ties that could be de­layed by rain.

“It will take a sig­nif­i­cant weather im­pact for us to de­lay it,” he said. “It’s not as weather sen­si­tive as other projects.”

The work in­cludes de­mo­li­tion of the old Texas 360 bridges across I-30.

The area is be­ing re­built to make it eas­ier for traf­fic on Texas 360 to di­rectly ac­cess I-30, and vice versa. From 1957 to 1977, the road now known as I-30 was the Dal­las Fort Worth Turn­pike, and it fea­tured no frontage roads. In­stead, north-south roads such as Texas 360 fea­tured bridges over I-30, but few con­nect­ing ac­cess roads and ramps.

Nor­mally, a free­way clo­sure like that would be eas­ier be­cause traf­fic could sim­ply be di­verted to the frontage roads. But in this case, mo­torists will de­tour sev­eral miles us­ing Divi­sion Street.

MO­TORISTS ARE AD­VISED TO TAKE AIR­PORT FREE­WAY OR IN­TER­STATE 20 TO DAL­LAS THIS WEEK­END.

GOR­DON DICK­SON gdick­son@star-tele­gram.com

This week­end’s con­struc­tion on In­ter­state 30 is part of a $230 mil­lion makeover of the I-30/Texas 360 in­ter­change in Ar­ling­ton.

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