Central Expressway, Texas Department of Transportation, US75, Granite Construction Company
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North Central Expressway Reconstruction, 2002 OCEA
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The old Central Expressway, before reconstruction could easily be called a nightmare, with narrow lanes, nearly non-existant on-ramps, poor geometrics, and an extremely narrow right-of-way. The early 1980s brought TxDOT’s tentative plans to build an elevated structure above the existing freeway. However, after further review, the decision was made to reconstruct the full length in a trench.

 

Reconstruction of the North Central Expressway (US75) was completed in November 1999 at a total cost of roughly $600 million. A minimum of eight continuous general-purpose lanes facilitate the dense traffic. The building of the freeway in a trench (for six miles) on a narrow right-of-way while keeping the roadway open was a challenge, to say the least. The feeder roads are cantilevered over the main lanes in some sections because of the narrow right-of-way.When it opened in 2000, the project also included landscaping and architectural features at multiple cross streets which set a new standard of urban highway design.


Owner/Engineer: 
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Contractor:
Granite Construction Company
Photo:
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

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