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October 8, 2020

New Hidden Ridge Station Buildout To Require Weekend Orange Line Closures, Effective October-November 2020

Due to ongoing construction of Irving's new Hidden Ridge Station and related rail maintenance, DART will temporarily suspend weekend rail service on portions of the Orange Line from late October through November 2020.

Passengers will be able to take shuttle buses between the affected stations and are encouraged to allow extra time. Projected weekend closure dates are as follows, weather permitting:

October 24-25: Irving Convention Center Station to DFW Airport Station

November 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29: Irving Convention Center Station to North Lake College Station

The shutdowns will enable our contractor Archer Western to install overhead steel canopies at the new station, which is projected to open in late 2021. Weekday service will remain uninterrupted.

Additional Bus Stops Moving as Construction Continues at Downtown Garland Station, Effective Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Construction in the bus transfer area of Downtown Garland Station enters its second phase on Wednesday, August 26, with the relocation of six additional bus routes to temporary stops on Fifth Street.

Passengers on Routes 378, 402, 463, 486, 566 and 571 will make their transfers at the temporary stops, while Routes 377, 380, 513, Paratransit and Rail Disruption Shuttle return to their original bays inside.

All routes should be boarding at their original locations by mid-October. Construction will continue for several more months at Downtown Garland Station, so remember to exercise caution and obey all warning signs.

Hidden Ridge Station Construction to Begin in Late April or Early May

Irving residents and Orange Line passengers can expect construction activity between North Lake College and Irving Convention Center stations in late April or early May, as DART's 65th light rail station begins to take shape.

Contractor Archer Western will conduct preliminary excavation work for Hidden Ridge Station on Meadow Creek Drive near Green Park Drive. Trucks, graders, concrete equipment and excavation equipment will be moving in and out of the area during this phase of construction.

Weather permitting, work will be performed weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., with occasional weekend activity if needed. All personnel will adhere to strict CDC guidelines to maximize safety during the current COVID-19 emergency.

Possible lane closures and minor interruptions of Orange Line operation are anticipated.

Upon projected completion in early 2021, the facility will accommodate 136 parking spaces and six bus bays.

Silver Line Construction Activity to Begin

Archer Western Herzog (AWH), the design-build contractor for the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project, will resume field construction activities throughout the Silver Line corridor in June 2020, with overall completion scheduled for March 2023. As specific activities are scheduled along the corridor, additional notifications will be issued to the communities affected.

Construction activity will be conducted within the DART right-of-way. There will be no access to private property, unless coordinated with the property owner(s) in advance. Construction activities will include the following:

  • Daily, temporary and long-term lane closures
  • Set-up for maintenance of traffic control devices
  • Construction surveys
  • Investigation of existing utilities
  • Placement of steel and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) casing by open cut and horizontal directional drilling
  • Removal of soil or rock (excavation) for construction of manholes
  • Placement and compaction of layers of earth or rock to form a roadbed (embankment)
  • Installation of conduits and cables within the casing between manholes
  • Splicing, testing and cutover of cables
  • Track removal
  • Clearing sites of all vegetation prior to site work and building construction
Construction will take place during the daytime hours of 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends. This activity will involve heavy construction equipment, including but not limited to loaders, excavators, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools, rail saws, speed swings, construction dumpsters, and flat-bed trucks. Other equipment appropriate to the work required may be seen at the various sites. A list of equipment with images can be found at:

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Any time you undertake a construction project, the possibility for danger is elevated. DART is urging everyone to be extra careful around its facilities, vehicles and especially the construction areas. Here are 10 tips you should know.

  1. Stop, look and listen for DART vehicles.
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  3. Cross the street or track at designated crosswalks only.
  4. Never walk, ride or play in front of or behind a DART vehicle.
  5. Children should always exit the bus through the front door.
  6. Do not walk, ride or play in a construction area.
  7. Never walk, ride or play on or near railroad tracks.
  8. Always stand behind the textured warning strips on rail platforms.
  9. Be careful when driving or turning across train tracks.
  10. Never try to beat a train through a crossing.
  11. Remember: Safety begins with you. Talk to your family.

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