Two rebuilt sections of highway bridges on the northern end of Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Grapevine are opening up this week - providing motorists with a bit of payoff for their several years of patience with the DFW Connector project.
Both structures will improve traffic flow in and out of the airport, said Kristen Schropp, spokeswoman for NorthGate Constructors, which is overseeing the project.
Beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday evening, traffic will be switched to a new northbound International Parkway bridge - for vehicles exiting at the airport's north end. Once the switch is complete, by 6 a.m. Friday, cars will be traveling on permanent pavement, rather than a temporary detour.
Then on Friday evening, crews will begin switching southbound Texas 121 traffic to a new bridge to westbound Texas 114. The switch will be complete by 6 a.m. Monday, officials said. Once that switch is complete, traffic on westbound Texas 114 will be traveling on new pavement between International Parkway and Texan Trail.
Also during the coming weekend, crews will demolish the old northbound International Parkway bridge north of the airport. The goal is to get that work done before GrapeFest, the annual event that draws thousands of visitors to historical downtown Grapevine.
Motorists can expect some pretty intense detours and traffic delays over the weekend in the Grapevine area, while workers make the switches. For information on how traffic will flow through, visit DFWConnector.com.
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