35Express Project Reaches Milestone in Project
LEWISVILLE, TX State and local elected and appointed officials, the Texas Department of Transportation and AGL Constructors were on hand to celebrate a milestone on the 35Express Project; the substantial completion of the new southbound Lewisville Lake Bridge.
"There are few places on I-35E that are a worse bottleneck to our mobility and our economic vitality than the bridge over Lewisville Lake," said Denton County Judge Mary Horn. "With the opening of the southbound bridge that will include frontage roads, we are one step closer to reducing that congestion and increasing the economic potential throughout the county. But there is still more to do and I believe the partnerships we've developed will ensure they get done in a timely manner." Under construction since 2013, the bridge stands approximately 564 feet above mean sea level and includes images of local wildlife and lake recreational scenes on the concrete walls supporting the structure that were funded by the City of Lewisville. When the project is finished in mid-2017, the new southbound bridge will include a pedestrian/bike path, two frontage road lanes, four general-purpose lanes and two reversible managed lanes (TEXpress Lanes). Once the original bridge is reconfigured, it will include an eight-foot pedestrian/bike path, two frontage road lanes and four general-purpose lanes. The pedestrian/bike paths of both bridges will connect to existing and proposed trails between Lewisville and Denton.
TxDOT and AGL Constructors work with several agencies and municipalities to advance the 35Express Project, including Denton and Dallas counties; the cities of Dallas, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Lewisville, Highland Village, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas, Corinth and Denton; the United States Army Corps of Engineers; the Federal Highway Administration; North Central Texas Council of Governments; DART, DCTA, and the North Texas Tollway Authority.