Highway construction is a normal occurrence here in DFW, and soon yet another project will begin on US-75. However, this one many metroplex drivers may be a fan of, as it was recently announced TxDOT plans to remove the HOV lane plastic pylons from the North Central Expressway. The changes will bring more access to drivers, as the HOV lanes will be turned into "technology lanes.”
Later this year, TxDOT plans to begin construction on US-75 to remove the plastic pylons separating the HOV lanes from the highway between Interstate 635 in Dallas County and the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Collin County.
"We’ve heard loud and clear that the pylons are not very popular, and they haven’t worked well," said Tony Hartzel, a spokesman for TxDOT. Once the pylons are removed, the lane would be separated by a solid white line.
According to Fox 4 News, HOV restrictions would only be enforced during the morning and evening rush hour, but would be open to drivers the rest of the day. The project is expected to cost about $60 million and be done in phases over the next three years. While more construction is on the way, at least it will eventually give drivers in DFW more freedom on the road.
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