DFW Connector means big changes for commuters

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by CRAIG CIVALE / WFAA-TV

wfaa.com

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 18 at 12:08 AM

GRAPEVINE — Construction is set to begin on the DFW Connector, a billion dollar project that will rebuild the congested Highway 121/114 corridor at the north end of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Officials ceremoniously broke ground Wednesday; work will begin in earnest next week.

The four-year project will add additional lanes along an eight-mile stretch that includes portions of Interstate 635 and State Highways 114, 121, and 360.

Some of the new pavement will be managed (toll) lanes, but there will also be free lanes for drivers to have choice.

Tolls will cost more during busier times of the day, and reduced when there is less traffic.

Among the first changes commuters will see: Adding service roads to Highway 121 just north of the airport and adding additional lanes to the Main Street bridge in Grapevine.

When finished, officials say the DFW Connector will curb congestion along the roadways, which serve a quarter of a million drivers every day.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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