Interstate 20 will be closed off and the Bryant Irvin Road bridge over the freeway in southwest Fort Worth will be shut down from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday so workers can place new bridge beams, officials said.
Motorists are urged to use alternate routes. I-20 traffic will be detoured to frontage roads between Bryant Irvin Road and Hulen Street.
It's part of the preliminary work for the Southwest Parkway/Chisholm Trail Parkway project, which the North Texas Tollway Authority plans to build beginning early next year. The improvements include a new Bryant Irvin Road turnaround bridge.
Ultimately, the 28-mile toll road will connect downtown Fort Worth to Cleburne, passing through the bustling southwest side of Fort Worth.
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Some preliminary construction is under way while the tollway authority works toward inking its final agreement to take over the job by year's end.
The tollway authority will conduct a town hall meeting in Cleburne to discuss the Johnson County portion of the project from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.
A state law mandates that the Johnson County portion of the project be called Chisholm Trail Parkway, as a tribute to the legendary cattle trail. Fort Worth officials have traditionally called the project Southwest Parkway, but history buffs are hoping the tollway authority will re-designate the entire 28-mile roadway as Chisholm Trail Parkway. The road is scheduled to open in 2013.
Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796