Highway bridge will bypass William D. Tate Avenue

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GRAPEVINE -- The DFW Connector is scheduled to open the first of two large flyover bridges Feb. 1, giving drivers a fast lane to skip the traffic lights on William D. Tate Avenue.

The 3,700-foot-long bridge will take drivers directly from eastbound Texas 114 to southbound Texas 121.

The bridge will bring "tremendous" relief to commuters heading south from Grapevine and Southlake, Alyssa Tenorio, public information manager for the DFW Connector, said.

For more than 20 years, pass-through traffic has been forced onto William D. Tate Avenue, where it mixes with traffic from busy restaurants and other businesses, said Jerry Hodge, director of transportation projects for the city of Grapevine.

"It's something we're very excited about and we've been anticipating for some time," Hodge said. "I'm certain there will be a celebration of the people who travel that direction each and every day."

For Southlake residents, it could be "the single biggest part of the project," in terms of commuting out of the city, Mayor John Terrell said.

Drivers will access the bridge from the eastbound Texas 114 access road using a temporary asphalt ramp. The bridge soars over a car dealership, behind a restaurant and over Mustang Drive, and ends at the southbound Texas 121/360 split.

When the $1.02 billion DFW Connector project finishes this summer, drivers will be able to access the ramp from the main eastbound lanes of Texas 114.

The bridge has been complete for several months, but a fence had to be installed on the sections that pass over the car dealership, Tenorio said.

She said the target opening is tentative and encouraged drivers to check dfwconnector.com for the latest updates.

A second, 3,600-foot-long bridge will open by mid-March connecting northbound Texas 121 to westbound Texas 114. That bridge starts near Mustang Drive, flies over William D. Tate Avenue and ends on the westbound Texas 114 main lanes near Texas 26.

Other big milestones are fast approaching as the project nears substantial completion this summer.

Nicholas Sakelaris, 817-431-2231

Twitter: @reporternick1

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