Update, 3:15 p.m. A representative of the contractor, North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners, now says it’s looking more likely that this project will be postponed by rain. A possible announcement about a postponement could be coming later this afternoon. Either way, check your traffic apps before getting out on the roads, and stay safe on the roads this weekend!
Which is worse: getting stuck in traffic because of road work, or massive rainfall?
Motorists in Fort Worth’s city center are likely to experience quite a bit of behind-the-wheel pain Thursday night through Saturday, for one reason or the other.
Starting Thursday evening and continuing off and on through much of Saturday, all lanes of I-35W are expected to be closed near downtown Fort Worth, with drivers being diverted to alternate roads such as North Beach Street. The planned closures are part of the $1.4 billion North Tarrant Express makeover of the freeway, which includes the addition of two toll lanes in each direction.
However, the weather forecast calls for large amounts of rain to be dumped on Cowtown starting Friday and through much of Saturday — in which case the lane closures will be postponed until the streets dry up.
Bottom line: Check your favorite traffic navigation app, and your weather app, before heading out on the roads.
Here are details of the planned closures, weather permitting:
▪ From 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, and again from 9 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, all lanes of I-35W will be closed near downtown.
▪ All northbound traffic will be detoured to North Beach Street.
▪ All southbound traffic will be detoured to the TEXPress toll lanes, although no tolls will be charged during the diversion period.
▪ All westbound Belknap Street lanes also will be closed, and traffic will be diverted to Pharr Street.