Texas 114/121 traffic in Grapevine to be diverted to new lanes

GRAPEVINE -- Traffic on Texas 114/121 in Grapevine will be shifted onto temporary lanes in the frontage road area this week in the latest sign of progress on the $1 billion DFW Connector project.

The shift will take place between Texan Trail and International Parkway -- the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport north entrance -- as crews working overnight shifts move barricades and make other preparations.

The transition is expected to take several days, said Selma Stockstill, spokeswoman for contractor NorthGate Constructors. The westbound lanes could be moved to the temporary lanes as early as today, depending upon how much work gets done Monday night.

After it's completed, the eastbound lanes will be moved.

The work shouldn't create major delays for daytime commuters because, although frontage road pavement will be used, freeway traffic won't have to stop or mingle with local traffic. But minor delays may occur as motorists get used to the new lane configurations.

After the shift, work can begin on construction of toll and nontoll lanes in the middle of the highway right of way.

"That's when they'll start working on those middle lanes," Stockstill said.

When the DFW Connector began in February, the first order of business was putting in frontage road lanes on the north end of D/FW Airport so traffic would have somewhere to go while the main lanes were under construction.

The frontage roads will likely be used as temporary main lanes until early next year. The DFW Connector is expected to be completed by 2015.

A mile to the west, other workers are rebuilding the Main Street bridge, which is expected to take several months.

Closer to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, more changes are expected next week on southbound Texas 121, possibly including closure of the Bass Pro Drive on-ramp and westbound Interstate 635 direct connection.

However, those closures are expected to be nighttime only -- in keeping with NorthGate's contract, which minimizes lane closures during work days.

GORDON DICKSON, 817-390-7796