Fort Worth bridge closed for facelift




Posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 11:09 PM

West 7th Street Bridge

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FORT WORTH — The barricades up are on West 7th Street in Fort Worth between Museum Way and Penn Street as workers gear up for bridge repairs.

The closure is part of a $26 million dollar project to update the century-old span over the Trinity River.

One of the signature features of the remodeled bridge will be its arches. There are 12 of them, with the first two set to be installed on Friday, weather permitting.

The new bridge will also be more than 30 feet wider than its predecessor, with sidewalks doubling in width.

The Texas Department of Transportation told News 8 that crews can deal with rain, but wind could be a problem. The agency will be monitoring wind speeds over the next couple of days.

The shutdown will force drivers to detour via Lancaster Avenue, which runs parallel to 7th Street.

The bridge will be closed until May 14. Other detours are expected in the next two months. The biggest one is scheduled in June, when the bridge will be closed for five months.

The bridge project should be finished in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.