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Forest Park Boulevard will soon be a work zone

03/14/2013 12:09 AM

03/14/2013 12:09 AM

FORT WORTH -- North Forest Park Boulevard is something of a well-kept secret for those wishing to reach downtown Fort Worth, especially residents of Mistletoe Heights and Berkeley Place, which have been cut off from Interstate 30 by Chisholm Trail Parkway construction.

But those motorists will have to find other options the next several weeks because North Forest Park itself is about to become a work zone for a completely different reason.

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

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

Motorists can still use North Forest Park 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 to North Forest Park.

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

Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796

Twitter: @gdickson

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