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North Texas Boulevard bridge to be torn down April 29, officials said

North Texas Boulevard bridge to be torn down April 29, officials said

April 21
02:52 2016

Alejandro Medellin | Staff Writer

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The North Texas Boulevard bridge will be demolished Friday, April 29, so traffic on Interstate 35E will be diverted to surrounding service roads.

The area is being squeezed by construction. Just off North Texas Blvd. runs Eagle Drive, a road also under construction with closures causing some frustration for students commuting. Traffic flow in the area is already slowed because of the 35Express Project, and officials said the bridge will reopen with one lane in each direction and one turn lane later this summer.

“The road was really bumpy and I think they may have changed it to where it was one lane going and one lane coming,” said Ashley Okorie, who works at Zack’s Shaved Ice. “There was a little bit of traffic and they’re doing all of this construction but I don’t see what the difference is. It was really hard and really inconvenient.”

This May, Eagle Drive will be repaved and re-striped into a three-lane road with bike lanes running on both sides of the street. The work, if on schedule, is expected to last until October. The project budget is $1.8 million. The proposed project will extend from Carroll Drive to North Texas Boulevard.  During the construction phase Eagle Drive will be reduced to two lanes.

“I live in the apartments right here,” hospitality management major Makayla Hegger said. “I drive up this road, I ride my bike up this road and it’s already hard enough to turn on this road anyway. It’s pretty much a major street so making it into two lanes is going to suck.”

Last summer when students went home, the city replaced clay pipes underneath the road, often closing whole sections of road or making a four-lane road into a two-lane.

“Honestly I don’t think it will necessarily affect the business because the slower the traffic I feel more people will come in and want to stop and get off the roads for a little bit,” E-Z Chek employee Cory Dowe said.

Dowe continued to say that although the partial closure of Eagle Drive in the coming months might be good for business, he still wasn’t sure how it would pan out.

“I mainly commute on my bike to school so I will really appreciate that, it’s a lot easier than dodging people,” Hegger said. “There’s no way they’ll finish it in that amount of time, but if by some miracle they manage to do it won’t really affect anybody too, too badly because it’s through the summer and only partially into the semester.”

Featured Image: Cars drive on I-35E under the bridge leading to Apogee Stadium. The 35 Express project is expected to be completed in mid-2017. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

CORRECTION: There was an error in a story published on the Thursday, April 21, 2016, print edition of the North Texas Daily. It was claimed that the North Texas Blvd. bridge across I-35 would be finished and reopened on May 2. Officials said the bridge will reopen later in the summer and will have one lane in each direction and one turn lane. 

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