NTE | 35W Project Update March 2016
National Work Zone Awareness Week: Apr. 11-15

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) began in 1999 when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) joined forces to increase public awareness of work-zone safety issues.

This year's theme "Don't Be That Driver!" reinforces the message that driving in and around work zones requires motorists to constantly be alert and be prepared for changes - changes that a distracted driver may not notice in time to prevent a potentially fatal crash. A driver distracted by an activity other than driving, such as eating, grooming, or using a mobile device, is up to four times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Cell phone use increases the rate of rear-end collisions, decreases brake time by 18 percent, and causes a 25 percent increase in erratic driving. In 2014, distracted driving was a factor in 16 percent of fatal crashes in work zones, while speeding was a factor in 29 percent.

Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. The presence of construction vehicles, flaggers, and construction-related congestion, combined with reduced speed limits, create an environment where being alert is critical.

Please stay safe in the Zone! For more information on NWZAW, please click here.

I-35W Construction Activities and Closures

Here is a summary of upcoming construction activities and closures.

Upcoming construction activities to watch for:

  • Lane reductions on eastbound and westbound Western Center Blvd. as crews place new bridge deck; left lane of southbound frontage road will also be closed (overnight on April 19, April 26, April 28)
  • Opening of the new direct connector from northbound I-35W to westbound I-820 (late spring), switching the exit from a left-hand exit to a right-hand exit
Extended closures in place:
  • Northbound to southbound and southbound to northbound U-turns at Western Center Boulevard and 35W (through spring 2016)
  • Southbound I-35W exit to Northside Drive/Yucca Avenue (through summer 2016)
  • Detour of westbound 820 to southbound I-35W traffic exiting to Meacham (through January 2017)
  • Northbound I-35W off-ramp to westbound Spur 280 (through January 2017)
  • Northbound I-35W exit to Meacham Blvd. (through July 2017)
  • Southbound I-35W off-ramp to Papurt Drive (through December 2017)
Subscribing to the NTE e-alerts and checking the website for updated closure and detour announcements are two easy ways to stay on top of upcoming construction activities and areas that may have delays.

A Look at Construction...And the Future

Interested in how construction is progressing? Here is a link to our latest construction video with recent highlights of the I-35W reconstruction, as well as information on the operations of the completed segments along Airport Freeway and Loop 820.

Also, we frequently receive inquiries from the public about the ultimate configuration of the highway, especially in regards to the location of main-lane on-ramps and off-ramps, along with entrances and exits for the TEXpress Lanes. We have posted a map on the NTE website that provides more detail.

If you have additional questions, please call our information hotline at 1-888-NTE-2015.

Know Before You Go

Construction activities and lane closures are at a peak right now, so we encourage drivers to stay safe and alert in the work zone and check for detours in and around their workplaces and their children's schools.

Please observe all posted signage regarding speed limits and detours -- and observe the no cell phone laws in school zones. To "Know Before You Go," visit our Lane Closures page on the website.


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