Speaking of Traffic: LBJ's Going To Get Worse Tomorrow Night as HOV Lanes Get Adiosed

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The tail end of the Mavs parade left the Dallas Convention Center moments ago; more to come from that traffic jam shortly. But till then, this just in from the folks overseeing the LBJ Freeway redo: The second -- and final -- wave of HOV lane closures is set to begin tomorrow night. Specifically: The eastbound HOV beginning just east of Luna Road and extending just wast of Hillcrest and the wesbound HOV from Hillcrest Road to Josey Lane are about to go kaput.

The great Tony Hartzel at TxDOT is at LBJ Express Project HQ right now and tells Unfair Park they're discussing "what to keep an eye on to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible. We're going to watch it closely." Which means coordinating with LBJ Infrastructure Group, which is technically in charge of traffic flow, and "looking at ways to alleviate some of the potential backups farther to the east. There are several options, but nothing's been decided."

He reminds: Those likely to be affected by the tear-up should head here and sign up for e-alerts related to LBJ traffic. But, look, he deadpans: "The work is only beginning."
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Randall
Randall

Who cares about LBJ when we get the train to Denton starting tomorrow? I just want to ride across Lake Lewisville on the trestle that we used to jump off of back in high school (back before fun was outlawed).

Nikki
Nikki

If I read it correctly in the DMN yesterday, that the tolls were going to begin at 11 dollars per car and the governing authority   (some Spanish company) would then have the right to set the price at whatever they like. Good luck getting anyone other than the very rich to pay that kind of toll for a 5 mile stretch.

Mark Smakey
Mark Smakey

You people have no idea. This project is going to be great for the city. All of the rumors that are being spread are simply that, rumors. I am happy this project is happening. 

TimCov
TimCov

Also, since the new lanes they are building are all toll lanes, don't count on traffic getting any better than it is now.

TimCov
TimCov

My wife and I (since I drive her to work) are screwed. She works in a building right at the intersection of LBJ and 75. I wonder how badly this will affect the traffic on 75?

LadyBird
LadyBird

So basically LBJ of 2011 will be like Pre-High Five LBJ of 2001. One more reason not to drive on it unless you have no other alternative.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

How many millions of dollars did DART spend building these HOV lanes?  How many millions of hours did people waste because of delays during the construction of these HOV lanes?  What a waste of taxpayer dollars!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Its always sucked so that fact that it still sucks is no a shocker.  I just hope our traffic doesnt outgrow the redo b4 its done

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Meh - it's going to suck for years, and that website blows

TimCov
TimCov

If I remember correctly, the Spanish company is the same one that Perry tried to give 121 and the Trans-Texas Corridor to. This is nothing but a payoff to Perry's Spanish masters.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

Traffic will get worse once completed because people will have to read signs to check the current cost of the toll (it will change depending upon traffic) and then have to change lanes to either enter or avoid the tunnel.

Worthyworthy_
Worthyworthy_

get her a bike and let her peddle her way for the last mile!

Rooster
Rooster

No only that, but did anyone actually USE these lanes after they were built?

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

But yea your right its all a circular scam.

Low Taxes = Low service = Opportunity to outsource / sell things the government no longer does

Its really fucking funny to me how many people think the NTTA is a government organization. Its a private business that holds a monopoly

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Why do you people care that its a Spanish Company. Dont you know that there are lots of construction conglomeates that are not based in or not original US companies. Even some of the ones you think are "American" are foreign owned. The europeans are headed here in droves because their demographics are fucked and the US is slated to grow for decades.

If you think international competition is bad, then go back to your 70s/80s american car and tell me what it was like before the Japaneese pushed the world to the quality we have today.  

Montemalone
Montemalone

Change lanes?How?There will be so many wrecks traffic won't be moving at all.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Sure, all sorts of people did (mostly single riders, since enforcement was so lax).  Think of it as subsidized high speed lanes for scofflaws.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

O you mean like Houston, lots of lanes going lots of places and one asshole every minute thats so self important he crosses all of them to get to some place he wasnt paying enough attention to get to the first time and not a sole honks at the son of a bitch or is brave enough to crash into the motherfucker that maybe these bastards could be eliminated from the gene pool

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

Yes, people will have to change lanes.  How?  Very slowly most likely.  The surface lanes will remain free.  The "express" tunnel will be tolled.  The toll will vary depending upon traffic in the tunnel.  The more traffic the higher the toll to divert traffic from the tunnel.  Still following?  So, people approaching the tunnel/surface split will look at the posted current toll amount and have to decide if they want to spend the posted amount.  They will then need to change lanes in order to enter the tunnel/surface lanes.  Not to mention all the people who won't change lanes until the last second and will cutt off traffic across 2 or 3 lanes. Not to mention the fact that you will have to remember what the posted toll price was and then check your statement to make sure you are not getting over-billed.  Yup, it's a cluster waiting to happen.

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