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I-20, Bryant Irvin bridge to be closed for parkway work

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.

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

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