In an effort to bring attention to the dangers of texting or talking while driving through work zones, the company managing construction for the 35Express Project from U.S. 380 to I-635 has placed a series of “barrel monsters” along the construction route.
The monsters are huge and are made out of the orange and white construction barrels seen at road construction sites, making them hard to ignore during your commute!
Click the image below for the full story and some good shots of the grueling beasts from NBC5.
And if you don’t know anything about what the 35Express Project entails – it extends approximately 30 miles through eight cities and two counties, from US 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. It’s intended to relieve heavy traffic congestion in this highly-traveled North Texas corridor.
Once it’s finished, there will be managed toll lanes down the middle of the interstate giving commuters another option when traveling during peak travel times. These lanes will have dynamic pricing, varying depending on the time of day and current roadway congestion.
There will also be additional general purpose lanes, a new interchange at FM 407, a new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists across the Lewisville Lake bridge and a new southbound bridge over Lewisville Lake.
In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye out for the “barrel monsters” as you drive up to Denton or down to Dallas along I-35E. But don’t take any pictures while you’re driving because that kind of defeats the purpose of having them there.
I think a field trip for our team may be in order soon….