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January 07, 2014

I-35W in north Fort Worth shutting down Wednesday, Thursday night ... maybe Friday

@gdickson

Driving on Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth has been a dicey, hair-pulling experience for years, but the frustration has intensified in recent months as expansion of the roadway has gotten underway.

With that in mind, for those who plan to use the highway during the next few nights - um, it might be time to come up with a new plan.

Weather permitting, the southbound side of I-35W is scheduled to be shut down at U.S. 81/287 from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday - and again the following night, from 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. The closures are needed so crews can install bridge beams, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Peters.

The beams are for a new ramp from northbound I-35W to U.S. 81/287 (aka the Decatur Cutoff).

Peters did caution that this is a "weather permitting" closure, meaning the work probably can't be done if rain is falling. So if the work is delayed by precipitation Wednesday or Thursday, the agency may have to instead close the southbound side of the highway on Friday night.

Southbound drivers may detour to U.S. 81/287 northbound to Harmon Road to U.S. 81/287 southbound back to I-35W southbound, Peters said.

Police officers will be on hand to help with traffic flow.

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