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Fort Worth’s I-35W, Loop 820 will be a maze of closings this weekend

This area of Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth is among the most congested in the state of Texas.
This area of Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth is among the most congested in the state of Texas. Star-Telegram

A recent study shows that Interstate 35 West in Fort Worth, from 28th Street north to U.S. 287, is the sixth most congested freeway in Texas.

The annual report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute has another stretch of I-35W, from Interstate 30 to 28th Street, as No. 9.

Hopefully we’ll fall out of the top 10 after the reconstruction of I-35W is finished, scheduled for 2018.

Before then there are more road and exit closings coming up this weekend, beginning Friday night.

What's closed

9 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday

▪ The connector from eastbound Loop 820 to northbound I-35W.

▪ The connector from northbound I-35W to westbound Loop 820.

▪ The connector from southbound I-35W to eastbound Loop 820.

▪ The connector from southbound Texas 121 to southbound I-35W.

▪ Two rights lanes of northbound I-35W at Spur 280.

9 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday

▪ Westbound lanes of Loop 820 west of Riverside Drive.

▪ The connector from northbound I-35W to westbound Loop 820.

▪ Eastbound lanes of Loop 820 at the I-35W/820 interchange.

▪ Rolling freeway closures on northbound and southbound I-35W, from Pharr Street to Northside Drive/Yucca Avenue.

▪ Two rights lanes of northbound I-35W at Spur 280.

9 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday

▪ All lanes of westbound Loop 820 at Riverside Drive.

▪ The connector from northbound I-35W to westbound Loop 820.

▪ The on-ramp to Belknap Street from the I-35W frontage road.

▪ Southbound lanes of Texas 121 at I-35W.

▪ The connector from southbound Texas 121 to southbound I-35W.

Alternative routes

Because of two college football games along the I-35W corridor Saturday — Kansas plays at TCU at noon and Oklahoma plays at Baylor at 7 p.m. — traffic could be a little heavier than usual.

The best advice is to avoid the area if possible and especially I-35W, which is pretty much impossible to navigate even when there are no roads or exit ramps being closed.

Possible routes to bypass I-35W include Main Street, Beach Street, Sylvania Avenue and Riverside Drive, but many of those streets are lined with businesses and homes, which do not make for fast commutes.

For more information, go to www.northtarrantexpress.com, where you can view an Alternate Route Map.

The project

The North Tarrant Express I-35W project is a $1.4 billion effort to modernize the corridor from I-30 near downtown Fort Worth to just north of U.S. 287 near Heritage Trace Parkway. The project will improve the main lanes and add toll lanes.

Lee Williams: 817-390-7840, @leewatson

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