Trinity Boulevard will reopen sooner than later

04/16/2014 4:26 PM

04/16/2014 4:27 PM

A washed-out portion of Trinity Boulevard in northeast Fort Worth should reopen in two to three weeks, a city official said Wednesday.

The area near the Trinity Railway Express Hurst-Bell Station has been closed to traffic since March 16, when rain and years of erosion caused a significant part of the road over Valley View Branch to collapse.

Traffic has been detoured to Texas 10, between Bell Spur and Harwood Road. Although the detour is only about a mile, it can lead to long backups during peak travel periods.

The road is a popular east-west route for commuters traveling on the southern edge of Hurst, Euless and Bedford, especially those seeking an alternate route to Airport Freeway, which is being expanded. Residents of north Arlington also use the four-lane road to access Texas 360 to the east and Loop 820 to the west.

The area, which is known for road flooding, was already scheduled to receive about $3.3 million in repairs during the next year or so.

After the 16 washout, city officials originally decided to just keep the washed-out part of the road closed for about 90 days to allow McMahon Contracting to conduct the long-term repairs. Despite that closure, Bell Helicopter employees continued to have access to a parking lot, and apartment dwellers have been able to use portions of Trinity Boulevard to get to their homes, just a few dozen yards from the site where the road was damaged.

But more recently, the contractor and city officials have focused on getting at least a portion of the road open to traffic as soon as possible.

“The idea reverted to repairing the damage and opening Trinity, and that still is the plan,” city spokesman Bill Begley said. “The contractor is finishing the sewer bypass portion of the original bridge project — lowering a 21-inch sewer pipe and relocating a 16-inch water pipe, work that was being done before the initial issue — while repairing the road so that Trinity can be reopened to traffic. Then the work will focus on the bridge portion of the project.”

More recently, additional rainfall hasn’t contributed to problems repairing the bridge, Begley said. Also, the repair work can be done without additional cost to the city, he said.

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