Date: Thursday, February 18, 1999 8:21 AM
Subject: URGENT: I-35E north to close at Lake Dallas


If you plan to travel to Denton on northbound I-35E tomorrow (Friday) or this weekend, the following is information you need to know:

I-35E northbound to close at Lake Dallas Friday through Sunday

The Texas Dept. of Transportation announced today that I-35E northbound will be closed for an emergency bridge repair at the Lake Dallas overpass beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and continuing 24-hours-a-day until the job is finished. Officials expect the repairs to be finished by late in the day Sunday, Feb. 21, if all goes as planned.

Northbound traffic on I-35E will be reduced to one lane and diverted to the access road at Lake Dallas just north of the Lake Lewisville bridge. Drivers can expect delays of up to two hours during peak traffic hours. Students, faculty and staff affected by the closure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are strongly encouraged to plan alternative routes to UNT.

Guests and musicians involved with the opening events at the Lucille G. "Lupe" Murchison Performing Arts Center are strongly encouraged not to use I-35E when traveling to the events because of the likelihood of heavy delays. However, because the southbound lanes are not affected, I-35E will be an effective route for those returning to Dallas and northern suburbs.

For those traveling to the opening events for the Murchison Performing Arts Center, the UNT Police recommend the following alternative routes:

>From Dallas: Take Hwy. 114 west past the DFW International Airport to I-35W. Take I-35W north to Denton. Exit at Bonnie Brae and remain on the I-35E service road. Turn left at Ave. D and proceed to the Fouts Field parking lot. Drive time from the Texas Stadium area is approximately one hour. There is no construction on this route.

>From the Plano area: Take Hwy. 289 (Preston Road) north to Hwy. 380 and turn left (west) to Denton. In Denton, turn left at Carroll Street (south), travel to Oak Street and turn right (west). Take Oak to Eagle Drive and turn left (south). Proceed to the Fouts Field parking lot. Drive time from Plano is approximately one hour or longer because of construction on Hwy 380. Drivers will experience several miles of construction from the Hwy. 377 juncture to Loop 288 at the eastern edge of Denton.

Please note: TxDOT realizes the inconvenience this causes for UNT. However, officials advise that two accidents have recently caused the overpass at Lake Dallas to become dangerous, and these repairs must be made now. The overpass at Lake Dallas will be completely closed throughout the repairs.

Cass Brunner

Director, News and Information