DALLAS -- The new LBJ Express corridor is now open! The city christened the new freeway with a burning. That's right, a burning.
"Nearly 50 years ago, the first LBJ 635 corridor was opened with a unique branding. Instead of the usual and traditional ribbon-cutting, this morning we're going to follow the lead of our predecessors and branding it with the same letter "J" which I presume in '67 stood for Johnson," explained David Laney, Chairman of LBJ Infrastructure Group.
Yep, that would be President Lyndon B. Johnson.
And the first folks on the new road? A couple of vintage cars, along with first responders from Dallas and Farmers Branch.
"Our quality of life is better because of this road," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. "Commerce is better because of this road. Families will get to their children faster because of this road."
Hey, it seems like getting this project finished was a long road. But get this, it actually was completed three months ahead of time.
"What we have done in the last four and a half years is remarkable. All maintaining one promise that was made, no wider, no higher. This project, furthermore, was delivered ahead of schedule with no additional costs to taxpayers," Mayor Rawlings explained.
A few folks were test driving the new freeway Thursday afternoon. Hey, if you download the Drive on TEXpress app, you get access to special discounts. Nice!
"I want to thank the men and women with those hard hats that worked hours and hours, and weeks, and weeks, and at night while we were all sleeping," said Mayor Rawlings.