Though it’s going to be awhile before we can drive along the full 17-mile stretch of the LBJ Express Project, (the end of 2015 is the expected time for completion) we can expect at least some traffic relief to the congested area as construction on new LBJ lanes progresses this weekend.

Asphalt paving for the eastern portion of the LBJ Express Project will occur along the westbound 635 from Friday-Monday. The asphalt being placed is known as stone matrix asphalt and will be the final layer of asphalt before the opening of the first portion of the new LBJ.

General purpose lanes between Coit and Preston will be closed starting tonight at 9 p.m. and continuing through Nov. 4 at 6 a.m.

All traffic will be diverted to the frontage roads to avoid the closures with several message boards and detour signs placed along the roadways to advise motorists of the closures and alternate routes.

Traffic coming from westbound 635 will be directed to take the Park Central/Hillcrest exit. Drivers will then continue along the frontage road and will be able to re-enter the westbound main lanes via the entrance ramp after Hillcrest.

The ramps from northbound and southbound 75 to westbound 635 will be closed. Traffic will be directed to take the ramps to eastbound 635, exit on Greenville and perform a U-turn, following the marked detour to get onto the westbound 635.

During the work along the westbound general purpose lanes this weekend, there will also be striping operations performed along the eastbound general purpose lanes. Traffic will be reduced to one lane between Coit and Greenville, and will be restored to full capacity by 6 a.m. on Nov. 4.

For additional information on LBJ Express Project closures and projects, click here.

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