Interstate 35W won’t have to be closed for the next couple of nights as originally planned, Texas Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday afternoon.The decision to keep all I-35W main lanes open came just hours after transportation department officials had put out a news release, asking for motorists to be patient in the area of I-35W and Basswood Boulevard.The original plan was to close freeway lanes beginning Tuesday night and continuing until Thursday morning so crews could pour bridge decking for new turnaround bridges at the Basswood Boulevard overpass. That work will continue, although the lane closures are no longer necessary, a spokesman said."Upon further review, the contractor found a way to perform the work without closing the roadway," Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Peters said.About two miles to the east of the I-35W road work, motorists are dealing with more change on Loop 820 and its connecting roads.This week, the Denton Highway on-ramp to westbound Loop 820 was permanently shut down.Traffic is being directed to an on ramp between Haltom Road and North Beach Street.Also, the westbound Loop 820 off-ramp to Haltom Road will close until February. A temporary off-ramp to Beach Street is available.Those Loop 820 closures are part of the $2.5 billion North Tarrant Express project, a massive overhaul of Loop 820 and Texas 121/183 that is scheduled for completion in June 2015. Staff Writer Terry Evans contributed to this report.
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