TxDOT Planning Open Houses On 'Loop 9' Project

Alan Scaia
July 09, 2019 - 7:24 am
TXDOT Loop 9 Project

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is holding meetings this week to talk about plans for a new highway south of Dallas. The highway would be part of the "Loop 9" project.

Loop 9 was first proposed as an outer loop around the entire Metroplex, but the North Central Texas Council of Governments dropped that plan in 2012, citing low traffic projections and a lack of connections to other highways.

TxDOT is moving forward with plans for ten miles of frontage road in Dallas and Ellis Counties, expecting to add main lanes with interchanges in the future. TxDOT ultimately hopes to build a limited access highway from US 67, crossing I-35E, I-45 and ending at I-20 east of Dallas.

TxDOT says the Southeast portion of Loop 9 would follow an expected increase in residents living, working and shopping in the area along with more freight traffic from the port facility along I-45.

TxDOT would build three lanes in each direction spanning 600 feet of right-of-way. That would include space for a median that could hold main lanes in the future.​

The 9.4 mile stretch under consideration now would cost $116 million and run from Highway 67 to I-35E.

TxDOT says additional sections could be approved as more funding becomes available and traffic projections become more clear.