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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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Over the past eight months a surprising number of people interested in the construction have found my blog by searching the Internet. Many of them are local citizens … and like myself … will be … or have already been directly impacted. Others simply drive by every day, or on occasion, and wonder what the heck is going on. I’ve had numerous inquiries asking if I know anything about the future East Branch Project for State Highway 190 which will continue through Garland … into Sunnyvale until it meets Interstate 20 near Lawson Road. The last meeting I attended displayed an arial photograph combined with illustrations of the roadway median passing directly through the intersection of Peninsula Way and Locust Grove and continuing along side Wind Surf Bay Park. Beyond that I know nothing more than what can be found here.

Previous updates are in the process of being re-located to this blog … until then check them out here.

Be sure to visit the photo galleries for an extensive look at the construction area where you also can flag multiple images for before & after comparison.

The images on this blog and within it’s photo galleries 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.

Project photo galleries

Here are some of this months highlights:

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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.

Want to see more images? Click on the image or click here.