GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – A series of closures and construction along stretches of State Highways 121 and 114 had drivers traversing detours across the Grapevine area over the weekend.
The Oden family was caught in the traffic snarl Saturday. Traversing the maze of alternate routes is stressful enough on its own, but the Odens are from Oklahoma. And they brought little ones in tow.
“Screaming, screaming kids,” driver Jan Oden said.
They were in town for a convention and had no idea what awaited them on the road back home.
“We definitely didn’t know what we were going to get into,” she said.
A total shutdown of southbound 121 at westbound 114 left the Odens and others stuck in bumper-to-bumper back-up. The traffic made two month old Jaylee fussy.
“It was not pleasant and you don’t want to take her out of the car seat in traffic – you want them to stay safe and buckled up. But it was difficult to get thru and keep her calm.” mother Jandi McLaughlin said.
Calm is what’s needed most when driving through detours on the road to expansion.
“One of these days it’s really going to be nice – and it’s going to be quick,” Oden said.
Traffic on 114 was also affected at William D. Tate bridge. Crews demolished that bridge and had traffic detoured in that area as well.
All the back up is part of the continuing DFW Connector Project. The closure allowed crews to open the new southbound International Parkway Bridge over 114 and the eastbound ramp at 114.
All lanes of traffic will re-open 6 a.m. Monday.