Work crews have been making repairs along I-35 E near Crosby Road in Carrollton where the freeway buckled Tuesday night, causing a number of accidents.
TxDOT plans to close all but one of the northbound lanes at 9 p.m. Wednesday to take a closer look at the damage. The plan is to then reopen at 6 a.m. Thursday in time for rush-hour traffic.
Carrollton police say they work a fair number of crashes along I-35. But what they found Tuesday night surprised them.
The first Carrollton police officer who stopped to help two other crashed vehicles on Tuesday was also hit. His squad car was damaged but no one was seriously injured.
Carrollton Police Spokeswoman Jolene DeVito says once police assessed the situation they found the source of the trouble in the middle of I-35.
“The middle lane was significantly higher in the far left lane,” she said. “And upon inspection, the roadway surface separated. The left lane had sunk.”
The buckled roadway caused big backups on Wednesday morning with the northbound side narrowed to a single lane as TxDOT crews worked on grinding down the surface and removing the buckled asphalt.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever seen this where the road, it looks like there’s a curb right in the middle of the highway between the middle and left lanes,” DeVito said.
“It does illustrate how dangerous the job is that these officers do on a daily basis,” DeVito said.
The stretch of highway is part of phase one of the I-35 Express project that unofficially opened last November. It’s a 5.5-mile stretch that runs from 635 to the Bush Turnpike.
CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A section of I-35E in Carrollton will dwindle down to one lane overnight, as part of the completion of a highway repair project, created when a section of the road gave way from heavy rain saturation.
The northbound left lane between Crosby and Belt Line roads severed for approximately 125 feet. The roadway surface appeared to have cracked like a fault line. The separation occurred Tuesday evening while hundreds drove north from Dallas. Carrollton Police reported five separate car crashes happened along the stretch.
Wednesday morning, repair teams resurfaced the buckled lane, in an effort to get the lane back online. Backed up and rerouted drivers were easily stalled. Business operators along the east frontage road of the highway said the road damage affected access to their businesses.
Dead stop traffic on 35 for the past 6-7 hours pretty much affected all day traffic for us, Rick Pearson of ScubaToys.com said Wednesday. The 20 year old water sports and leisure operation was landlocked from customers getting to the business. By 1 p.m. Wednesday, all northbound lanes were operational.
TXDOT officials say a more permanent repair will be completed overnight. Only one lane northbound between Crosby and Belt Line will be available. Officials hope to reopen with full operation by 7 a.m. Thursday.