FORT WORTH — Construction of the $1.4 billion Chisholm Trail Parkway, a toll road that will eventually connect Cleburne with downtown Fort Worth, is causing major traffic changes Tuesday in southwest Fort Worth.
A portion of Interstate 20 will be shut down near Highway 183, and part of 183 will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
Workers will begin pouring concrete for a new bridge that will span I-20. It will eventually be part of the toll road connecting US 67 in Cleburne with I-30 in Fort Worth.
The I-20 shutdown will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday and is scheduled to continue all night until 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Westbound motorists will be detoured to the highway's frontage road at Bryant Irvin Road; eastbound drivers will be redirected to Highway 183 near Hulen Street.
Tuesday is also the first day of a long-term lane reduction on Highway 183 in the construction zone. Traffic will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Bryant Irvin and Crosslands Road for the next two years.
Workers will begin excavations to lower the existing lanes to accommodate a toll road overpass.
The Chisholm Trail Tollway will stretch over 27 miles and is expected to open to traffic in mid-2014.