Forest Park Boulevard will soon be a work zone

Posted Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Forest Park Boulevard is something of a well-kept secret for those wishing to get to downtown Fort Worth, especially people who live in the Mistletoe Heights and Berkeley Place areas that have been cut off from Interstate 30 by the ongoing Chisholm Trail Parkway construction.

But those motorists will have to find other options over the next several weeks, because Forest Park Boulevard itself is about to become a work zone.

The 100-year-old West Seventh Street bridge is being replaced after years of neglect. The new bridge will be built during the summer and will feature six pair of lighted arches -- a look that many believe will change the city's skyline and its image.

Weather permitting, Forest Park Boulevard will be closed for about 10 days beginning Monday at the West Seventh Street bridge. Crews expect to keep the road closed through March 27, so they can dig shafts for the new West Seventh Street bridge columns.

The road will also likely be closed again April 3-12 for the bridge work, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez.

Motorists can still use Forest Park Boulevard to navigate around the west side of downtown, but they'll have to take a detour. Northbound traffic will be diverted to eastbound West 10th Street, then Penn Street, West Fifth Street and back onto Forest Park Boulevard.

Southbound traffic will be detoured to eastbound West Fifth Street, Penn Street, West 10th Street and back onto Forest Park Boulevard.

For more information on the project, visit

Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796

Twitter: @gdickson

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