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Brace yourself, Dallas, because this latest freeway closure lasts all summer

Brace yourself, Dallas, because this freeway closure lasts all summer

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Remembering the Mixmaster as it used to be. DFWfreeways.info

There'll be another freeway closure in downtown Dallas, and this one will last us all summer long. On May 20, the eastbound I-30 exit to Lamar Street will be shut down and will stay that way until fall 2016.

Labeled Exit 45B, it's being closed so that crews can perform construction as part of the Dallas Horseshoe Project. The closure will take place on Friday at 9 pm.

Dianne Tordillo, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), explains that the closure will allow main lanes to be built through the canyon area of I-30 and I-35.

“A few weeks ago, we shifted traffic in the canyon area to the right,” she says. “Now, we're doing same thing on the eastbound side. Closing the Lamar exit will allow us to work on the permanent main lane. It's at the heart of where we're building the main lane.”

Throughout the duration of the closure, drivers can take the next available exit, which is the exit to Cadiz and Griffin streets, and follow posted detours to access Lamar Street.

Work is subject to weather and may be postponed if necessary. Message boards and signs will be placed along the roadway to advise motorists of the closure and associated detours. The public can stay up-to-date about traffic closures and changes by signing up for text alerts, sending the message “dallashorseshoe” to 31996.

The goal of TxDOT's Dallas Horseshoe Project, so dubbed for its U shape, is to improve traffic flow through the heart of downtown Dallas. The project started in April 2013 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.