Drivers and business owners can breathe a sigh of relief after the new Main Street bridge opened Sunday.
After Ahmed Ramadan opened the Hala Cafe on Main Street in Euless last year, the bridge over Texas 183 was demolished, and he worried that customers wouldn’t find his restaurant.
But Ramadan, who serves Mediterranean dishes like hummus and kabobs, said he worked hard to promote his restaurant on Facebook and other social media sites, and handed out coupons and loyalty cards.
“It has been a very challenging year for us,” he said as he greeted the dinner crowd last week.
On Sunday, the bridge reopened to its original capacity, Southgate Constructors said in an email.
When the work is finished, there will be eight lanes: including two northbound and two southbound, a dedicated left turn northbound onto westbound Texas 183 frontage road, a dedicated left turn lane from southbound Main Street onto eastbound Texas 183 frontage road, one dedicated U-turn from eastbound Texas 183 frontage road to westbound Texas 183 frontage road, and one dedicated U-turn from westbound Texas 183 frontage road to eastbound Texas 183.
Replacing the Main Street bridge is part of the $847 million Midtown Express project to reconstruct Texas 183 from Euless to Interstate 35E in Dallas. The project, an extension of the North Tarrant Express in Hurst and Bedford, includes rebuilding main lanes on Texas 183, improving access roads and ramps and adding one toll lane in each direction.
When the work is completed, the 28-mile corridor of Northeast Loop 820 and Texas 121/183 will be rebuilt from Interstate 35W to Interstate 35E in Dallas.
Ramadan and other business owners along Main Street stuck it out during the construction, which meant little traffic and long detours for customers.
“I am very happy that the bridge is going to open. Just the fact that we can come north and south again is a big impact on my business and to Main Street,” he said.
When the bridge was demolished, north Euless was cut off from the southern portion of the city.
At Styles Barbershop, owner Herb Ridgley said he has been cutting hair on Main Street since 1998 and his customers know how to find him. Yet he got lots of complaints from customers about the long detours to get to the barbershop.
Nick Collazo, who lives in Hurst, said he is used to coming across the Main Street bridge to get to the barbershop, which took around five minutes. Now, he has to drive an extra 10 to 15 minutes for his haircut.
“It’s not significant, but it’s still a pain,” Collazo said.