North Main Street Bridge detour rescheduled for this weekend

A modification to the North Main Street detour has been rescheduled for this weekend. It had been scheduled for a previous weekend but was canceled due to rain in the forecast.

The detour is part of the Panther Island bridges project. The roadway surface has become rough at several locations along Seventh and North Main streets and 11th and North Main streets. Heavy truck traffic has contributed to the deterioration of the roadway surface.

The contractor plans to remove the asphalt paving at the transition areas that move the traffic off of North Main Street on to Commerce Street and replace it with high-strength concrete. The concrete at the transition curves will greatly improve the life of the detour roadway pavement.

In addition to the roadway repairs, the contractor will restripe the roadway surface to provide additional lanes of traffic at the intersection of North Main Street and Northside Drive. This will ease rush-hour traffic leaving downtown Fort Worth and allow for the reopening of Grand Avenue for local business traffic.

The contractor will begin placing traffic control signage after evening rush traffic on Aug. 17, and traffic will be diverted to North Commerce Street at Northside Drive on the north end and to North Commerce Street at Fifth Street and North Main on the south end.

Normal detour traffic patterns will be re-established on the permanent detour before morning rush hour on Aug. 20.

The Panther Island project, which includes three signature bridges positioned along the to-be-realigned Trinity River, are a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority, TxDOT, the City of Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County.

This project will include the construction of three unique V-pier bridges at Henderson Street, North Main Street and White Settlement Road. The bridges will have 10-foot sidewalks, bicycle facilities and enhanced landscaping. The new bridges will also serve as the gateways to Panther Island, an urban waterfront community.

To learn more and to sign up for updates on Trinity River Vision bridge construction, visit their website.

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