Fort Worth's nightlife district to see road closure during construction

Months-long road closure coming to West 7th's Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's arguably Fort Worth's most happening district: the West 7th Street Area, where museums, nightlife and more all merge.

Its liveliness is exactly why Tim Carroll selected this location for his new business, Summit Climbing Gym.

"We love this area. It's growing quickly. There's a lot of young people around here," he said. 

The growth has come with congestion on area streets like Lancaster, University and West 7th, and the city knows it. 

In recent days, the City of Fort Worth broke ground on a new road called "Trail Drive Extension" that will serve as a way to bypass some of those "trafficky" intersections. It will go from the intersection of University and Trail Drive, go through the Farrington Field parking lot and end at the intersection of Lancaster and Currie.

For part of the project, the city says it's going to have to close down a section of Currie, where it meets Lancaster from mid-March to mid-July.

That means one of the most utilized avenues getting in and out of the bustling nightlife district will be closed off for four months.

Already, police close down another nearby road on weekend nights for bar patrons' safety. Some wonder if multiple closures may intensify the existing traffic problems.

"There's a lot of activity in the 7th Street area," said Douglas Wiersig, who runs the city's transportation and public works department. He acknowledges this closure may be a disruption, but believes there are enough detour alternatives that it shouldn't be too problematic. He says the city is working with area stakeholders, too, to make sure everyone is on the same page.

"A little pain for a short period of time gives you better gain in the long term," he said.

Carroll, whose new gym is on that very corner in question, is rolling with it. "It will be a pain for a few months while the intersection is closed, but I think it'll be worth it in the long run," Carroll said.

The entire project should take just over a year, and construction in earnest starts in 2018.

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