Smart drivers will plan ahead this weekend before setting out on area freeways.
Texas 114, Grapevine and Southlake
The main lanes of Texas 114 will be shifted onto new pavement between Farm Road 1709 in Southlake and Main Street in Grapevine, officials said.
The work was set to begin at 8 p.m. Friday and could last until 6 a.m. Monday, although contractors believe that they can finish by tonight.
To make room for the hefty switch, the main lanes will be shut down between Farm Road 1709 (aka Southlake Boulevard) and Texan Trail, just west of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's north entrance, said Selma Stockstill, spokeswoman for NorthGate Constructors, the main contractor. Traffic will be detoured to frontage roads.
The move is part of the $1 billion DFW Connector project, which is rebuilding and expanding the eight-mile Texas 114/121 corridor.
NorthGate is working with Grapevine to ensure that visitors have access to the Main Street Days festival, Stockstill said.
Interstate 35W, north Fort Worth
Traffic on Interstate 35W rarely flows smoothly, and it certainly won't this weekend. The road will be reduced to one lane in each direction from noon Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday at Northside Drive/Yucca Avenue, just north of downtown Fort Worth.
The closure will let crews repair the pavement, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez.
The closure is "weather permitting," but Mother Nature appears all too willing to cooperate. The forecast for Sunday is sunny, hot and dry.
Northeast Loop 820, North Richland Hills
Starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the offramp from westbound Northeast Loop 820 to Iron Horse Boulevard will be closed for the rest of the year.
Contractors are working on the westbound frontage road between Rufe Snow Drive and Iron Horse, and at least one lane will remain open during construction. Westbound traffic will exit at Rufe Snow to reach the frontage road.
The Iron Horse bridge will be closed for demolition at 9 p.m. May 30. Its replacement is scheduled to open around September 2013.
Traffic north and south of the bridge will be directed to Rufe Snow. -- Gordon Dickson and Terry Evans