By Cameron Fairchild | @CBFairchild
KRLD -- Driving the Dallas MixMaster is a daily contest with construction congestion. The design is more than a half-century old and it can no longer handle the nearly half-million drivers who crawl and thread their way through it every day. So, the Texas Department of Transportation is "fixing the mix" with the Horseshoe Project.
The entire I-30/I-35 interchange is being redone. The outline of the plan resembles a horseshoe, which is how the project got its name.
Ana Bak with the project says the redesign and construction of roads, ramps, bridges and barriers takes four years -- and it's halfway to completion.
While construction is under way, many business owners in the the zone say they're held hostage by detours and blocked routes.
Bak says the benefits of the $800 million in changes and improvements will be worth the wait. But in the meantime, Payton drives through the construction twice each day. Her six-mile commute from home to office takes 40 minutes.
Fixing the Mix is not just about traffic and road use and practical improvements. Bak says when complete, the Margaret McDermott bridge will be a state-of-the-art span and it will be a 21st-Century work of art.
The Horseshoe Project is scheduled for completion summer of 2017.
* The project area ranks among the most congested areas in Texas.
* Construction began before design was complete, in order to speed up the process. Design and construction proceed simultaneously.
* Many of the bridges and roadways being replaced were built in the 1930's.
* I-30 and I-35E will be widened to a total of 23 lanes.
Dola drives a shuttle bus through the construction zone every day.
Payton lives only a short distance from her job, but has to drive through the zone each way.
For help or information on the Horseshoe Project, you can call 214-Fix-MixD/214-349-6493.
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