Spring 2011 marked the beginning of construction for the LBJ Freeway, and today at a press conference in the Westin Galleria, the LBJ Express team and Dallas Chamber of Commerce representatives discussed the year in review, a new LBJ Express Marketplace rollout, and what 2012 has in store for the major highway.
“We’ve been very pleased with how the construction has progressed so far,” said Andy Rittler, spokesperson for the LBJ Infrastructure Group. “LBJ traffic has decreased almost 10% last year despite construction. We are keeping traffic moving effectively.”
Construction is expected to be complete late 2015, but portions of the highway will be finished late this year. Once complete, the LBJ Express will feature an innovative, multi-level highway system which will reduce traffic delays, provide more mobility choices, and improve safety. The current roadway is among the most congested in the nation, but the new LBJ Expressway will improve nearly 17 miles of 1-35E and I-635.
Ritter also rolled out the an initiative to keep people visiting restaurants and retail stores along LBJ while construction persists called the LBJ Express Market, which offeres promotions and news to consumers and other businesses.