Fort Worth

March 19, 2014

Stretch of Trinity Boulevard will be closed for 90 days

Finishing a project to raise the road and increase the storm drainage capacity under it takes priority over commuters’ convenience.

A section of Trinity Boulevard that collapsed Sunday will not be repaired, and detours around the break will remain for about 90 days while a permanent bridge is installed, an official said.

Fort Worth administrators looked at two options after runoff from a severe thunderstorm undermined the Trinity Boulevard bridge over Valley View branch south of Bell Helicopter, said city spokesman Bill Begley.

One was to repair the section, which would take about a week. The other was to complete the construction on one side of the bridge already being built, which will allow a two-lane segment to reopen. The overall project that will be finished in the summer of 2015 will have two east-bound and two west-bound lanes, Begley said.

Trinity is a popular east-west commuter route between Texas 360 and Loop 820 in northeast Fort Worth, and with the segment between Bell Spur and Norwood Drive closed, nearby Texas 10 has been flooded with additional traffic.

Technicians are adjusting the traffic lights on Texas 10 at Precinct Line Road, Norwood and Bell Spur to help move traffic being detoured off of Trinity, Begley said.

“We want to make sure we do everything we can to get the project finished soon and have it done as safely as we can for the people who use that road,” he said.

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