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DFW Connector Closes 114, Frustrates Nearby Businesses

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GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – The DFW Connector Project shut down parts of Westbound State Highway 114 Wednesday night in an attempt to minimize the effect on morning commuters.

Westbound lanes beginning at Texan Trail shut down Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., proving frustrating to businesses that rely on nighttime traffic.

“When the highway closes off, it definitely hurts,” said Anne Malone, a bartender at Boston’s. “We don’t have as big of a pop.”

Boston’s is located in a pocket between Highways 121 and 114. Another night of orange barrels and detours means less traffic through the restaurant and bar.

The city of Grapevine says it understands the frustrations.

“It’s painful,” said city manager Bruno Rumbelow. “But it’s temporary.”

In a few weeks, the city will launch the informative Unwind the Vine, which aims to ‘unwind’ the confusion along all the construction zones.

“We are open for business and it is worth your time and effort to come to the businesses in Grapevine,” Rumbelow said.

Residents will get a frequency punch card: Once they get 10 stamps or punches, they’ll be eligible for a prize. That’s a welcome relief for drivers like Matthew Navy, who hasn’t been venturing out as much.

“It’s been especially (difficult), especially here at the William D. Tate exit,” he said.

Wednesday’s closure will only last through the night, the project itself is on schedule. It’s been under construction for a year, and is scheduled to be complete by 2014.

State Highway 114 will reopen Thursday at 6 a.m.

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