FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Crews have completed the bridge demolition early and have reopened both the north and southbound main lanes on Interstate 35W at U.S. 81/287 in north Fort Worth.
The project was supposed to be the entire weekend.
A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Transportation said it’s the first time the agency has closed the highway for such a long period of time.
I-35W is one of the most congested roadways in the state, carrying 140,000 drivers on an average day.
All north and southbound lanes, near the U.S. Highway 287 intersection, closed late Friday night. TxDOT original plans were to have them reopen by 6 o’clock Monday morning.
Construction crews tore down the old ramp from I-35W northbound to Hwy. 287 northbound.
The new ramp, replacing it, opened Thursday night.
It will accommodate the widening of the highway, a $1.6 billion project that will ultimately double its capacity.
I-35W is a major thoroughfare for drivers crossing the state, so TxDOT has billboards flashing warnings of the closure all the way from Waco to Denton County.
During the closure motorists will be detoured to U.S. 81/287 northbound to Harmon Road, to U.S. 81/287 southbound, and back to I-35W southbound.
Northbound motorists will be detoured to the frontage road at Basswood Boulevard, and back on to the main lanes.
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