1.5-mile stretch of the Dallas North Tollway closed Jan. 8-10 to demolish main lane toll plaza

| January 6, 2011

A 1.5-mile stretch of the Dallas North Tollway will be closed Jan. 8-10 to demolish the main lane toll plaza at Keller Springs Road on the Dallas North Tollway. Part of the North Texas Tollway Authority’s move to cashless tolling, the weekend demolition will close all or most lanes in both directions.

• Saturday, Jan. 8, by 9 a.m. until Sunday, Jan. 9 by 3 p.m. — Full road closure northbound and southbound between Keller Springs Road and Belt Line Road.

• Sunday, Jan. 9, from 3 p.m. until Monday, Jan. 10, by 5 a.m. — One lane open northbound and southbound between Keller Springs Road and Belt Line Road.

• Monday, Jan. 10, by 5 a.m. — Closure ends; three lanes reopen northbound and southbound between Keller Springs Road and Belt Line Road.

“The demolition is planned over the weekend when there is less traffic, and we expect to reopen all three lanes in each direction before the Monday morning rush hour,” said Elizabeth Mow, NTTA director of project delivery. “The closures are necessary to ensure the safety of drivers and crews as we remove the overhead structures, supporting columns and toll booths.”

The NTTA anticipates traffic delays and disruptions over the weekend. Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes and to allow extra time to drive through the area. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed if necessary.

For the latest information, visit http://www.ntta.org.

A critical piece of the NTTA’s switch to cashless tolling, the demolition wraps up a series of major closures on the Dallas North Tollway to remove the old toll plazas at Keller Springs Road and Parker Road. The Parker Road toll plaza was demolished last weekend. Once demolition and related construction at the toll plazas is complete, three continuous lanes will be open along the entire 30-mile length of the tollway.

Contractors will remove the toll plaza structures in a series of carefully sequenced activities:

• Removal of the truss structure over the toll lanes;

• Removal of the canopies, toll booths, and islands;

• Debris removal and clean up; and

• Paving sections where the columns and toll booth islands were located

The NTTA weighed various factors when considering the need for full road closures, focusing primarily on maintaining safety and reducing traffic disruptions whenever possible. The plans will help ensure safety of drivers, staff and contractors when taking down the overhead structures by eliminating overhead hazard risks and minimizing the canopy demolition period. The schedule provides the shortest interruption to traffic flow with a return to three unimpeded lanes of traffic as quickly as possible. The schedule also includes the fewest lane configurations to reduce driver confusion.

The switch to cashless tolling brings reduced congestion, improved safety and enhanced air quality through the free flow of traffic and the elimination of stopping and starting and weaving at toll booths. The NTTA transitioned to a cashless toll system Dec. 11, with the conversion of the Dallas North Tollway, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel and Mountain Creek Lake Bridge. All other NTTA facilities already use all-electronic toll collection.

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