Plan Ahead For More North Tarrant Express Lane Closures

Plan Ahead For More North Tarrant Express Lane Closures

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Angel Yanez knows the misery of driving on the construction riddled I-35W corridor north of Fort Worth.

“We drive it every day and since we started driving it a few years back it’s just gotten worse,” she said.

Yanez speaks for a lot of 35W drivers.

“It’s horrible!” she exclaimed. “You can’t get on. You can’t get off. You can’t merge. It’s just everything is always closed down. There’s always something blocked off. It makes it hard to plan your commute. I mean you can’t plan it because there is always something changing.”

The problems are easy to see when one of the most congested stretches of road in Texas also has construction hampering drivers. Blocked roads, closed ramps and backed up traffic.

“It’s pretty bad,” Yanez said.

And North Tarrant Express told Fort Worth City Council the detours will continue. In fact, plans are to shut down all lanes of the interstate at 28th street the weekend of December 5, 2014.

And there will be more ramps closing at Chambers, Meacham and Western Center Boulevards and North Tarrant Parkway.


“We’re kind of locked in any which way we go,” Yanez said. “We have to find alternate routes so we can get to work on time.”

North Tarrant Express has information lines to update motorists on closures and road conditions.

The problem is steering drivers to resources so they can plan ahead.

“They update this several times a week so that you know, next Friday for instance, that this ramp is going to be closed for six days and you can plan accordingly,” Councilman Dennis Shingleton said. “We need to make sure the residents who commute through those corridors understand that.”

Shingleton said the city will make sure neighborhood groups are aware of the sources of information and push the sources prominently on it’s website.

MORE: North Tarrant Express information hotline 1.888.NTE.2015

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