There are some major goings-on with DFW Connector in the immediate future. (Of course it’s been in progress for a while, and will be for a while yet, but the upcoming closings are of particular interest to many of us). The William D. Tate bridge will be partially or completely closed on a few of the next several days:
On Tuesday, February 15, all lanes will close at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday for restriping and installation of a barrier wall. Traffic will be routed to the Hwy 114 frontage roads during this time. Demolition of the east lane of the bridge is scheduled for this weekend, beginning February 18 at 8 p.m. It will close until 9 a.m. the next morning, and close on the same schedule the next two days (closing February 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and reopening the following mornings at 9 a.m.).
This construction has been frustrating for many commuters according to this news story. While it is challenging, I actually have been less frustrated than I expected to be. As someone who commutes along the north side of the airport every day, I have seen more than my share of the construction. I think the secret to sanity is to be patient and give yourself plenty of time. The earlier you leave, the fewer issues there are. If you get on the road by 7 a.m., it’s fairly painless. If you leave at 7:30 or later, all bets seem to be off. I know many people’s schedules are not flexible enough to have complete control over when they go to work. But for those who do have some flexibility, I highly recommend hitting the road early.