Thursday, June 21, 2007

NTTA announces South End of Tollway Closure for Construction

Expect Delays, Seek Alternate Routes this weekend
NTTA - June 21, 2007
This Friday night, June 22, at 11:59 p.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 until Monday, June 25, at 5:00 a.m. The Cedar Springs Road Bridge, in both directions, will also be closed during this time. On Monday morning, following the closure, 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. Over the weekend, crews 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 motorists will be forced 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.

During these closures, motorists should expect delays, plan ahead and seek alternate routes. IH-35E and Central Expressway (US 75) serve as viable alternatives to the Tollway during this time.

Residents in the area may hear loud noises during the demolition and construction processes.

This project is part of a $50 million 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.

About NTTA

The North Texas Tollway Authority, a political subdivision of the State of Texas, is authorized to acquire, construct, maintain, repair and operate turnpike projects in the North Texas region. The seven-member governing board is comprised of Chairman Paul N. Wageman, Vice Chairman Jack Miller, Directors Gary Base, David Denison, William W. Meadows, Bob Shepard and Alan Sims.The NTTA serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties and is responsible for the Dallas North Tollway System, consisting of the Dallas North Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge and the Mountain Creek Lake Bridge. The North Texas Tollway Authority is able to raise capital for construction projects through the issuance of turnpike revenue bonds. NTTA toll projects are not a part of the State highway system and receive no direct tax funding. Tolls are collected to repay debt and to operate and maintain the roadways.

Visit the NTTA Web site or call 214-461-2000 for additional information about the North Texas Tollway Authority. For Customer Service, please call 972-818-NTTA (6882).

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