Barrel Monsters Spotted on I-35E
If you drove between Denton and Lewisville last week along I-35, you may have seen an invasion of barrel monsters. They were part of 35Express crews’ National Safety Week efforts. Each construction segment, as well as the maintenance of traffic and equipment teams, built a monster made primarily of orange construction barrels. The barrel monsters are to serve as a reminder to the traveling public to observe safety guidelines in work zones. Here’s Dumbo, which has been hanging out near the Lake Lewisville bridge.
35Express spokesperson Kimberly Sims tells us this is the second year for the barrel monsters’ appearance. They’re whimsical and fun, but are a nod to safety, she tells us. There were six barrel monsters in all. Here’s the 35Express interpretation of the University of North Texas mascot, Scrappy. This barrel monster is just east of the UNT campus. The $1.4B 35Express project is approximately 30 miles long and stretches from US Hwy 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. AGL Constructors, a JV between Archer Western Contractors, Granite Construction and Lane Construction Corp in partnership with the design team of Parsons and HDR, manages construction of the 35Express Project, scheduled for completion in 2017, for the Texas Department of Transportation.