I-35W southbound lanes at Decatur cutoff to close overnight

01/13/2014 11:42 PM

01/13/2014 11:43 PM

Clear skies and moderate temperatures mean the weather is cooperating for the installation of bridge beams on Interstate 35W at the U.S. 81-287 split Monday and Tuesday nights.

But that means a major detour for southbound travelers on the interstate.

Southbound lanes of I-35W will be shut down at U.S. 81/287 from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, and again from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews will be installing bridge beams for a new ramp from northbound lanes of the freeway to U.S. 81/287 (also known as the Decatur cutoff), said Michael Peters, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Southbound drivers will detour to U.S. 81/287 northbound to Harmon Road to U.S. 81/287 southbound back to I-35W southbound, Peters said.

Police officers will be present to direct traffic.

The work was first scheduled for late last week but was postponed when dense fog settled in. — Staff report

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