Archive for January, 2010

I decided to go check things out across the lake in Rowlett this past weekend. I must say that I was a quite underwhelmed at the progress that’s been made over there. Granted they did start a few months later on the north end of the lake than the southern … but it’s just a road they’re building over there. The only visible signs of progress are bits and pieces of the future roadway’s drainage system. There’s also the beginnings of the wall that will stand beside the future turn-around … allowing drivers to turn around before crossing the lake. I’m probably a little naive to what all is involved over there. Or … maybe I just haven’t appreciated how fast the Austin Bridge & Road crews are cranking out their piece of the project. Either way … I won’t be going over to Rowlett again anytime soon. But I might be checking out the area near Firewheel in the near future … just because. They’re not as exciting to look at … but here’s a few images I captured in Rowlett south of Kirby Road and north of Lake Ray Hubbard in Section 31.

Photography of President George Bush Turnpike construction in Rowlett by JA2 Photography

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This post marks my one-year anniversary documenting Section 32 of the PGBT Eastern Extension. I shot the first photos on January 22, 2009 and the most recent today. It’s hard to believe there were no visible signs of an interchange or direct-connect bridge just 12 months ago. There were even Lakeway Forest apartment buildings still standing in my first photos. I still regret the fact I didn’t start a few months sooner in order to capture the landscape as it was before and during demolition in late 2008.

There’s not much to report since last month … but there have been some significant visual changes since the last update.

  • Most of the the girders for the WB-I30 to NB-190 are in place.
  • The second set of steel girders for the EB-I30 to NB-190 are in place.
  • Excavation for the EB/WB I-30 bridge is complete
  • The end of the SB-190 to WB-I30 ramp is beginning to take shape near Zion Road.

I found an interesting PDF the other day at the EastBranch.org. It shows the proposed alignments south of Interstate 30 as of January 2007 in great detail. I’d assume it’s still accurate because the current construction is exactly as illustrated in the PDF.

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