Traffic Jam

Downtown Dallas promises to get sticky with overnight closure of major freeway

Downtown Dallas promises to get sticky with closure of major freeway

Dallas skyline downtown during day
A major freeway heading into downtown Dallas will be shut down on May 14. Texas Wide Open for Business/Facebook

You'll want to be pretty much anywhere but on a downtown Dallas freeway on May 14, when a full closure of southbound I-35E is scheduled overnight. The closure is being deployed to perform bridge construction as part of the Dallas Horseshoe Project.

On Saturday, May 14, at 10 pm, all lanes of southbound I-35E at I-30 will be closed, including the southbound I-35E exit to eastbound I-30. The southbound I-35E exit to westbound I-30 will remain open.

All southbound I-35E traffic will be directed to take Exit 429A toward U.S.75/I-45 via Woodall Rodgers Freeway (Spur 366) to access both southbound I-35E and eastbound I-30.

The roads will be open by Sunday, May 15, at 10 am.

The 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 any associated closures and detours. Drivers should expect delays and seek alternate routes if possible.

The Dallas Horseshoe Project, so named because of its U shape, is a project by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to improve traffic flow through the heart of downtown Dallas. The project started in April 2013 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

Two weeks ago, a new ramp to westbound I-30 from southbound I-35E was opened, replacing the awkward left exit.