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Bridge demolition this weekend on highway 183 in Irving

Crews work on Texas 183 where the Euless Main Street bridge was recently demolished earlier this week. This weekend, crews are expected to partially demolish the Esters Road bridge a few miles away in Irving. (Nov. 4, 2016)
Crews work on Texas 183 where the Euless Main Street bridge was recently demolished earlier this week. This weekend, crews are expected to partially demolish the Esters Road bridge a few miles away in Irving. (Nov. 4, 2016) Star-Telegram

Motorists planning to take Texas 183, Airport Freeway, through Euless and Irving this weekend may want to seek alternate routes.

Several closures are planned — assuming weather cooperates — to make way for the partial demolition of the Esters Road bridge in Irving, just east of an entrance to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

Here are the plans, which are subject to change:

▪ From 10 p.m. Friday to midmorning Saturday, westbound Texas 183 is scheduled to be closed. Up to two of the four eastbound lanes of Texas 183 under Esters Road also could be closed.

▪ From 10 p.m. Saturday to midmorning Sunday, eastbound Texas 183 is scheduled to close. Up to two westbound Texas 183 lanes could also be closed.

▪ Esters Road itself will be closed in both directions, and both northbound and southbound ramps to the President George Bush Turnpike also could be affected. If rain gets in the way of these closures, they will be rescheduled in the near future, said Selma Santin, spokeswoman for SouthGate Constructors, which is overseeing the project.

The closure is part of the Midtown Express project, which aims to improve mobility in the extremely busy Texas 183 corridor from roughly Industrial Boulevard in Euless to Loop 12 (near the old Texas Stadium site) in Irving. The total cost of the project is $847 million.

For information on detours and more details about the project, visit www.drivemidtown.com or follow @DriveMidtown on Twitter.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796, @gdickson

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