GRAPEVINE--The DFW Connector is scheduled to open the first of two large flyover bridges on Feb. 1, giving drivers a fast lane to skip the traffic lights on William D. Tate Avenue.
The 3,700-foot long bridge takes drivers from eastbound Texas 114 to southbound Texas 121, providing a direct connection between the two highways.
The new bridge will bring "tremendous" relief to commuters heading south from Grapevine and Southlake, Alyssa Tenorio, public information manager for the DFW Connector, said.
"We appreciate the help and cooperation of all those involved with making this bridge a reality," she said.
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For more than 20 years, pass through traffic has been forced onto William D. Tate Avenue where they mix 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 recently said.
At first, 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, 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 Texas 114 lanes.
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 near restaurants, over William D. Tate Avenue and ends on the westbound Texas 114 main lanes.