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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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Progress over at the Section 32 construction site is still movin’ right along. The last update included photos up to November 1st and although much has been done since then … there are only a handful of things that have changed significantly:

  • A DEAL launching girder has been assembled to construct the one-mile bridge. Crews have almost completed the first two sections of roadway foundation.
  • A second set of overpass girders are now in place on the westbound Interstate 30 to northbound 190 ramp on the Garland shoreline.
  • Bridge support columns are now emerging from the water almost all the way across Lake Ray Hubbard. Workers are currently at the Rowlett shoreline.
  • The first eastbound 1-30 to northbound 190 girders were raised into place this week.
  • Workers have completed much of the roadway for the southbound 190 to westbound I-30 ramp … in it’s current state.
  • More partial support columns now stand near Interstate 3o for the southbound 190 to eastbound I-30 ramp.
  • Nearly all of of the support columns for the westbound I-30 to northbound 190 ramp are now completed. The rest are in final stages.
  • Major excavation has been done under old Interstate 30 to begin building the future bridge.
  • Construction of the final section of the southbound 190 to westbound I-30 ramp is now underway alongside the I-30 access road.

Now that most of the support columns are almost complete … the overpasses should start becoming visible very soon!

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Highlights:

  • The southbound 190 to westbound I-30 ramp has had most of the bridge spans in place. The northern section is already receiving roadway sub-structure.
  • What looks like the tallest support structure is now complete.
  • Construction started on the one-mile direct-connect bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard. Numerous partial and complete support columns are already rising above the water.
  • Many of the support columns for the eastbound I-30 to northbound 190 ramp are near complete
  • The first support structures for the westbound I-30 to northbound 190 ramp are complete
  • The right-lane of the new westbound I-30 access road is nearly complete
  • The future site of a bridge allowing drivers to pass beneath I-30 is now apparent along the new access road
  • Major site leveling can be seen on the Rowlett shoreline.

These images are for documentation purposes only and capturing great images is not my main objective. But … on occasion I do manage to capture some nice images in a seemly not-so-nice place.

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Progress overview:

  • Support columns for the PGBT South-bound to West-bound I-30 ramp stretch from Zion to I-30. Other partially complete columns are starting
    to appear just about everywhere.
  • Trees were removed from Lake Ray Hubbard in order to begin construction on the one-mile direct connection bridge between Rowlett and Garland.
  • Crews have started the removing the right-hand lane from the WB I-30 access road.
  • Signs of site leveling can be seen across the lake on the Rowlett shoreline.

These images are for documentation purposes only and capturing great images is not my main objective. But … on occasion I do manage to capture some nice images in a seemly not-so-nice place.

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For some reason lately … I’ve felt compelled to document the construction progress of the George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) Eastern Extension at I-30 (Section 32). This project also includes the one-mile direct-connect bridge across Lake Ray Hubbard between Rowlett and Garland. For one … I live right next door to it and it’s going to go right through my house in it’s next phase across I-30 … also know as The East Branch. Second … I’ve heard stories about it being built my entire life and have imagined what it would look like just as long. And mostly … because I find myself fascinated by what things used to look like before someone decided to build something in whatever place I might be in at the moment.

I think the fascination started when I was a kid. I’ve lived near Lake Ray Hubbard my entire life and I remember my parents telling me what it used to look like before it was a lake. I’ve never been able to find photos of it in those days … and I still find myself day-dreaming about what it might have looked like when I drive over it or while sitting in the middle of it on our boat. So if anyone reads this and has or knows of photos … I want to see them!

I will probably post updates every few months or whenever I notice a big change. These probably won’t be the most amazing photos I’ve ever photographed … but they’ll get the job done. For those of you that don’t know the PGBT currently ends in North Garland at Highway 78 near the Firewheel mall. Once the eastern extension is completed it will pass through Sachse, Rowlett and back into far South Garland and Sunnyvale. The detailed schematics for the entire project can be viewed in a PDF file and is available at the NTTA Web site here. The two sections I’m documenting can be found on pages 5 and 6.

Unfortunately … I didn’t start photographing the area before demolition started about three to four months ago. So I’ll be using a some imagery from Google Earth and Street View to show what the place looked like beforehand.

Photos were taken at red dots.