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Driving the Dallas North Tollway in Plano is about to get suckier

Driving the Dallas North Tollway in Plano is about to get suckier

Dallas North Tollway
The Dallas North Tollway will have even fewer cars this weekend. Photo courtesy of J.P. Fagerback/Wikipedia

Drivers of the Dallas North Tollway have a rough patch ahead. A section of the roadway will be closed down for two weekends in a row, beginning June 10 at 11 pm.

Why, DNT, why?

Because, the Tollway is being expanded to four lanes in each direction. In order to further that expansion, the bridge at Tennyson Parkway, which is just south of the Shops at Legacy, is being demolished and rebuilt. On weekend No. 1, work crews will demolish the northern portion. On weekend No. 2, beginning June 17, crews will set beams for the new bridge.

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) is doing the work on the weekends so that daily commuter traffic isn't affected. Tennyson Parkway itself will be open. They're demolishing the north portion of the bridge, and that will not affect traffic on the southern portion. The part of the Tollway that's being closed is in Plano, between State Highway 121 and Spring Creek Parkway.

For anyone heading north, that means no convenient route to the Shops at Willow Bend. No easy access to couch-shopping at IKEA. No fried chicken at Babe's Chicken Dinner House. No 475-calorie entree at Seasons 52 at the Shops at Legacy. No — well you get the point. Many shopping and eating experiences stand to be delayed.

The Tollway will have other various partial closures including northbound and southbound left lanes of Dallas Parkway, aka the frontage road, as well as U-turn lanes. These will be ongoing throughout the month of June, with a full list here.

As for the full closure, it begins at 11 pm on June 10 and extends until 5 am on Monday, June 13. On the second weekend, actions to close the road will begin at 9 pm on June 17, with a full deployment by 11 pm. The DNT will remain closed until 5 am on June 20.

Be strong.