Nicholas Sakelaris
Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal

Cranes are poking out of the Trinity River flood plane and becoming part of the Dallas skyline just west of downtown, a sign that the Horseshoe highway project is kicking into high gear.

The $798 million design-build project is rebuilding Interstates 35E and 30 as they approach downtown Dallas from the west. The project also includes a new signature bridge, the Margaret McDermott Bridge that will be the new I-30 over the Trinity River.

Construction started in April 2013 and is expected to be complete by 2017.

Until then, drivers will endure some lane closures and traffic shifts, especially at night.

The Texas Department of Transportation will have an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday that will be broadcast online. There will even be a chat forum so the public can ask questions. To sign up, click here. The meeting can also be accessed by phone by calling 832-706-2490 and entering 161259#.

The contractor for the job is Pegasus Link Constructors.

Much like the DFW Connector project unclogged the so-called “Grapevine Funnel,” the Horseshoe Project is “Fixin’ the Mix,” a reference to the mixmaster of highways that converge in downtown.

The biggest difference between the Horseshoe Project and the DFW Connector, North Tarrant Express and LBJ Express is that the Horseshoe doesn’t have any managed toll lanes.

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