FARMERS BRANCH (CBSDFW.COM) – Today’s rain will likely only accentuate a problem in Farmers Branch that will soon have thousands of North Texas drivers facing traffic delays. As soon as today parts of Marsh Lane, just north of Interstate-635, will be shutdown — leaving just one lane in both directions.
Starting this week crews will begin constructing a new bridge on the southbound side of Marsh Lane at Farmers Branch Creek. For years the bridge has become completely submerged in heavy rains and flash flooding conditions.
Officials with the Farmers Branch Public Works Department say high water rescues are normal in the area during and after heavy rains.
As it stands, one side of the bridge is considerably lower than the other. Crews will raise it to make it a level height with its northbound counterpart.
Once the project gets underway, it is expected to take some 200 working days to complete. That means for the better part of a year drivers will have to endure a bottleneck on Marsh.
Signs are already up warning of the delays in the construction area just north of Valley View Lane.
The City of Farmers Branch and Dallas County will split the cost of the nearly $2.5 million project.
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