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    Due to dedication of The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Highland Park, with the help of several other agencies, has offered up alternative routes to help drivers get around the delays and closures expected to slow traffic Thursday.

    All streets around the Southern Methodist University campus are expected to busier than normal between Wednesday and Friday.

    Drivers who use streets that border the campus of SMU and Mockingbird Lane near U.S. 75/Central Expressway are advised to find alternate routes Thursday.  Additionally, the southbound Central Expressway frontage road between University Boulevard and Mockingbird Lane will be closed Thursday.

    While Central Expressway will remain open Thursday, drivers should expect delays.

    The Town of Highland Park is grateful to the following agencies for their assistance with this alternative routes traffic management plan: Southern Methodist University, City of University Park, City of Dallas, Texas Department of Transportation, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the North Texas Tollway Authority, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Texas Department of Public Safety and Dallas County Sheriff's Office.

    Wednesday, April 24 road closures

    • SMU Boulevard between Airline Road and Central Expressway.
    • University Boulevard will be closed between Hillcrest Avenue and Airline Road from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
    • Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus.
    • The southbound Jefferson Street viaduct crossovers will be closed.
    • The northbound on-ramp to the Marsalis Avenue viaduct.
    • The entry to Oak Farm off Marsalis Avenue north of First Street.
    • The U-turn at the Marsalis Avenue and Jefferson Street viaduct.
    • Addison Street at Marsalis Avenue will be closed.
    • North Ewing Avenue and East Jefferson Blvd at the Y and Oak Farms Dairy.
    • North Ewing Avenue will be closed at East Colorado Boulevard
    • East Jefferson Boulevard will be closed at East Colorado Boulevard
    • The on-ramp at 1700 East Jefferson Boulevard at the Oak Farms River Bottom.
    • The Jefferson Boulevard  viaduct will be closed between the Belo Garage and Convention Center Deck.
    • There will be NO eastbound traffic on Young Street from Record Street.
    • There will be NO traffic on Young Street between Record Street and South Market Street.
    • No westbound traffic onto Wood from South Market Street.
    • There will be NO southbound traffic on Record Street from Wood Street.

    Thursday, April 25 (Dedication Day) road closures

    • The southbound access/service road of Central Expressway, between University Boulevard and Mockingbird Lane.
    • SMU Boulevard between Airline Road and Central Expressway.
    • University Boulevard between Hillcrest Avenue and Airline Road.
    • Boedecker Street between Dyer Street and SMU Boulevard.
    • Airline Road between Dyer Street and Binkley Avenue.
    • Bush Avenue formerly Airline/Dublin.
    • Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus.
    • The Mockingbird exit at southbound US 75 will be closed at 6 a.m. thru 9 p.m. Thursday.
    • East and Westbound SMU Blvd at 75 and the Southbound US 75 Service Road from University to Mockingbird Lane will close at 6 a.m. and open at 9 p.m. Thursday

    Friday, April 26 road closures

    • SMU Boulevard between Airline Road and Central Expressway.
    • Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus.
    • These closures are expected to continue late into the evening.

    Four maps provided by those agencies can be found here.

    NBC 5 will provide live coverage of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday at 10 a.m. both on-air and streamling live online. We will provide an encore presentation Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on COZI-TV on Digital Channel 5.2