At a meeting in Cedar Hill today, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) told about 80 residents from area communities that the project to widen and improve Hwy. 67 from I-20 to just past Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill could begin construction as early as next summer.
Ashton Strong, the TxDOT project manager, said current plans for the $50 million project do not have any toll or managed lanes.
She said the improvements will increase capacity, improve access to businesses along Hwy. 67 and reduce congestion, especially at major intersections. The main roadway will be expanded from 2 lanes in each direction to 3 lanes, both ways. Additional turn lanes will be added to access roads at selected intersections. At Belt Line and FM 1382 crossings Texas U-Turns will be added. Texas U-Turns allow vehicles to make a U-Turn before entering the intersection. This reduces traffic volume and congestion through the intersection. Consideration includes access for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the highway bridges.
The Hwy. 67 and Wintergreen intersection will be signalized.
Relocating some exit and entrance ramps will improve access to businesses in the area and will reduce the congestion associated with exits near intersections. Signage for exits will be overhead to improve visibility.
Completion of the expansion is predicted to be Summer, 2019.
Cedar Hill’s Mayor, RobFranke, opened the meeting, held at the Cedar Hill Recreation Center ,on Thursday, August 11. He said this project is one of the highest priorities in this TxDOT region. By separating it from other improvements scheduled for I-35 from downtown Dallas to I-20, it was possible to expedite this project.
A public meeting, scheduled for an evening in November, will allow more residents to learn about the project and make their input. Area community websites will have information and maps when they are available.