FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A new phase of construction on West Berry Street bordering the southern edge of TCU will put a major intersection out of commission for as much as two months.
The intersection of Berry and University Drive will receive a huge facelift and cause equally large changes in driving plans for commuters and residents in the area.
“There will be a lot more traffic,” said Wes Knaub who lives near TCU. “You just got to plan your day a little more than usual. You can’t just roll through here and expect to go on with your day normally.”
The new normal for the intersection will include construction crews, detours and traffic snags.
Fort Worth will use $2 million in grant funds to rebuild the intersection and change Berry Street from six lanes with turn lanes to four lanes divided by medians.
It will add improved traffic signals, street side parking and new landscaping. The city chose to do the project now to expedite construction and avoid student traffic in the fall.
That means traffic in all directions must now find ways around the normally busy intersection.
And that’s isolating businesses near the intersection from their customers.
The construction is already delivering headaches at The Box shipping store. The barricades in the street out front have boxed out customer traffic, employees say.
“I’ve had about four customers today,” said Ashley Snedden, a store employee. ”We usually get foot traffic and people coming through but its still been slow for that.”
And people who live nearby know the traffic will now meander through their neighborhoods. There’s little they can do but hope construction finishes quickly.
“We’ll just sit outside in our porch swing comfortably and watch people drive by in their cars while we just hang out,” Knaub said.