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Fort Worth motorists can expect ‘major traffic switch’

The opening of a new direct connector from westbound Loop 820 to southbound Interstate 35W on Saturday Jan. 23 promises what construction officials call a “major traffic switch.”

Instead of exiting left, motorists can expect to exit to the right and continue onto southbound I-35W. The existing direct connector from westbound Loop 820 to southbound I-35W will close.

“The opening of this new direct connector represents a major milestone in the life of this project,” said Heather DeLapp, regional public relations manager, North Tarrant Infrastructure, commenting in a news release.

“However, with this opening comes a significant change in traffic configuration. We strongly encourage everyone to pay close attention to the posted signage, stay alert to other drivers and slow down in this area,” DeLapp said.

The work is part of the $1.4 billion North Tarrant Express 35W project, which includes a section ranked sixth on the state’s most congested roadway list along 6.5 miles of I-35W from north of Interstate 30 to north of Loop 820. It includes the I-35W/IH 820 interchange in Fort Worth. The project includes reconstruction of main lanes and the addition of TEXpress managed lanes.

More information is available at www.northtarrantexpress.com.

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