With no more playoff baseball games to tie up traffic in Arlington, state highway officials are stepping up their makeover of the Interstate 30/Texas 360 interchange.
Just days after the Texas Rangers were bounced from the American League Division Series, the Texas Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the high-occupancy vehicle lane in Arlington will close to all traffic Friday.
The closure of the HOV lane from Cooper Street to Duncan Perry Road is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., weather permitting, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez.
It’s a long-term change, too.
“The HOV lanes in this area with remain closed for the duration of the project,” Lopez said in an email, adding that the project is scheduled for completion in 2020. The closure will allow for the construction of direct-connect ramps between I-30 and Texas 360.
Tarrant County residents who commute to the Dallas area will still be able to use the TEXpress toll lanes. They’ll just have to go a few miles farther to the east, near the President George Bush Turnpike, to get on them.
Although baseball season is over (for Rangers fans, at least), the Dallas Cowboys are in the thick of the race for the NFL playoffs. For fans traveling to and from AT&T Stadium, it’s important to note that the T-shaped ramp from the I-30 HOV lane to Baird Farm Road/AT&T Way will be temporarily unavailable as construction crews reconfigure access to it.
However, the Cowboys are on the road this weekend against Green Bay and by the time they get back, the ramp is expected to be fixed.
The project includes the reconstruction of the I-30 and Texas 360 main lanes, construction of a new, wider Six Flags Drive bridge over I-30 and extension of Six Flags Drive north to Avenue H.
It’s all part of a massive project that officially kicked off in March and is expected to cost $233 million.
For more information on the project, visit Keep30360Moving.org.