After-hours driving promises to be prickly in the north Fort Worth area over the next five days, as road closures are planned for parts of Interstate 35W, Loop 820 and Texas 121.
The expansion of Interstate 35W is hitting high gear, and that means even more headaches than normal for motorists traveling on Fort Worth’s north-south backbone and its connecting highways.
Direct connectors closing
For example, the direct connector from southbound I-35W to eastbound Loop 820 is scheduled to be closed from 9 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday. Traffic will be detoured to Meacham Boulevard.
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On Friday night, the direct connector from eastbound Loop 820 to southbound I-35W will be periodically closed for road work. That closure is scheduled to last, off and on, until 10 a.m. Saturday.
On Saturday night and Sunday morning, getting into downtown Fort Worth from Northeast Tarrant County will be an added challenge. All lanes of Texas 121 — also known as Airport Freeway — will be closed 9 p.m. to 10 a.m., and traffic will be redirected to Carver Avenue.
Also during that time, a direct connector from westbound Texas 121 to southbound I-35W will be closed, with traffic again directed to Carver Avenue. The on-ramp from Pharr Street to southbound I-35W will be closed, with traffic directed to Gilvin Street, and the off-ramp from northbound I-35W at Pharr Street will be closed, with traffic detoured to Northside Drive/Yucca Avenue.
Monday night madness
And finally, on Monday night and Tuesday morning, all lanes of I-35W in both directions are scheduled to be shut down at 28th Street. Traffic will be sent to the frontage roads on both sides of the road. That closure is scheduled from 9 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Also, both directions of 28th Street will be closed at that time, with eastbound traffic directed to Northside Drive and westbound traffic directed to 33rd Street.
The direct connector from westbound Texas 121 to southbound I-35W will also periodically be closed.
“Closures are subject to weather conditions, and construction activities may be postponed if necessary,” said Tommy Williamson, spokesman for the North Tarrant Express 35W project.
The forecast calls for a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain in the Fort Worth area beginning Friday night and continuing through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Drivers may get more information about upcoming lane closures, detours and other commuting changes by visiting Northtarrantexpress.com.
The North Tarrant Express 35W project is a $1.4 billion makeover that includes reconstruction of main lanes, addition of two toll lanes in each directions and modernized ramps and access roads.
A 6.5-mile portion of I-35W from north of I-30 to just north of Loop 820 is perpetually on the list of the state’s most congested roadways.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796