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BEDFORD – A major road closure that is scheduled to begin at noon Friday in Bedford could leave motorists passing through Northeast Tarrant County stuck in delays. Both directions of Brown Trail will be closed at the Texas 121/183 overpass from noon Friday through 10 a.m. Sunday, said an official with Bluebonnet Contractors, the firm overseeing the multi-billion-dollar North Tarrant Express project in the corridor.
The contractor has communicated with nearby L.D. Bell High School about how the closure will affect students, parents and teachers leaving the school Friday afternoon, spokeswoman Lara Kohl said. “We’ll be working closely with L.D. Bell to make sure their buses and students can get through,” Kohl said. “We’re going to let pedestrians cross until 7 p.m.” Vehicles also will be allowed to use the frontage road until about 7 p.m., but after that will be detoured to nearby Harwood Road or Bedford-Euless Road.
Workers are demolishing the old Brown Trail bridge and moving traffic to the new bridge. Traffic on the Texas 121/183 main lanes will be shifted to area frontage roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, and 9 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday, to make room for demolition. During those overnight hours, the frontage roads will be used for freeway traffic and will not be available for frontage access, Kohl said.
The $2.5 billion, 13-5-mile project extends from Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth Industrial Boulevard in Euless.
Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796 Twitter: @gdickson