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.
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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.