Motorists traveling on Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth should be prepared for delays this weekend.
Weather permitting, the freeway’s southbound lanes will be closed 6 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heritage Trace Parkway and traffic will be detoured to the frontage road. Traffic will re-enter the freeway main lanes at North Tarrant Parkway.
Also, southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from Western Center Boulevard to Loop 820 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Northbound motorists will have some hassles as well. The northbound side of the freeway will be reduced to one lane from Loop 820 to Heritage Trace Parkway from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more details about these and other closures, visit northtarrantexpress.com.
The closures are part of a $1 billion-plus makeover of I-35W stretching from downtown Fort Worth nearly to Heritage Trace Parkway. The work north of Loop 820 is nearly complete, but the work between Loop 820 and downtown is expected to continue until next year.
As painful as this weekend’s lane closures may be for Metroplex motorists, they’re actually a pared-down version of what the Texas Department of Transportation originally planned. The agency wanted to close entire portions of the roadway for longer periods, beginning Friday evening — but modified those plans Friday afternoon because of expected rain in the weather forecast, spokesman Michael Peters said.