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TxDOT reaches halfway point of ongoing Dallas 635 East Project
Light at the end of the $1.74 billion 635 East Project running through Dallas is beginning to be seen, ocials said in a ceremony marking its upcoming halfway point. Representatives with the Texas Department of Transportation and Dallas ocials on May 19 were among those gathered in a parking lot near the Skillman Street bridge crossing over I-635. Nearby was a new, temporary bridge set to open in late spring that drivers will soon cross as the original bridge built in 1967 is demolished this summer. The 11-mile 635 East Project spans from just east of US 75 in north Dallas to I-30 in Mesquite. TxDOT is aiming to improve mobil- ity, operations and safety along I-635 in Dallas County. Construction began in spring 2020 and will last through late 2024. Mo Bur, Dallas district engineer
for TxDOT, said the new Skillman Street bridge portion of the project will simplify the drive over the highway and provide safer pedes- trian access with a “sleek, modern” design. TxDOT ocials expect steel installation for the permanent bridge to begin in 2023, with trac switching onto it in mid-2024. City Council Member Adam McGough called the Skillman Street and I-635 intersection the most dangerous in the entire region. However, he praised eorts from both past and current elected ocials and engineers who have worked to improve the intersection. “It has represented a lot of what we don’t want, and like and love about transportation,” McGough said. “What it’s moving toward ... is a lot of what we recognize as good about transportation; it gets people where we need to go.”
Construction work on Richmond Avenue from Matilda Street to Skillman Street is expected to be nished in June. Richmond Avenue street resurfacing work nearing end JACKSON KINGCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Dallas is set to nish replacing the road surface and sidewalks on Richmond Avenue, Matilda Street to Skillman Street, in June. Work will include the addition of safety features to the street, such as speed tables, concrete bump-outs and a bike lane. Timeline: February-June Cost: $1.15 million Funding source: 2017 Dallas bond program
Ridgecrest Road street project This project will include improvements to the existing asphalt street with reinforced concrete pavement as well as improved drainage and sidewalks. The project includes work on Ridge- crest Road east of Eastridge Drive to Sopac Trail. Timeline: February 2023-November 2024 Cost: $1.53 million Funding source: 2017 Dallas bond program ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 25. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT LHLNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.
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