FORT WORTH, Texas — It’s the route Fort Worth resident Tierra Ladkin always tries to avoid.
On any given day, University Drive in Fort Worth gets heavy traffic.
Commuters use it to access Interstate 30, busy shopping centers and Texas Christian University (TCU).
On Monday, the traffic situation got worse. It was the first day of a year-long construction project.
“I’m not looking forward to it at all,” Ladkin said. “I see time that’s taken away from me.”
On Monday, northbound University Drive was reduced to one lane. It caused major backups and bumper-to-bumper traffic during rush hour.
The project’s goal is to improve safety by enhancing pedestrian and bicycle access and transit facilities.
According to the city of Fort Worth, the project includes constructing a new traffic signal at Collinsworth Street and replacing the existing signal at Old University Drive. The pavement along University Drive will be resurfaced.
Re-striping of Old University will provide for bike lanes and a parking lane, according to the city.
During sewer reconstruction, traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for about three weeks.
During normal construction operations, one lane in each direction will be closed.
During special events (Fort Worth Zoo Spring Break, Fort Worth Zoo Run, Mayfest, Colonial Golf Tournament, TCU Home Football Games, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo), all six lanes will remain open.
The project is expected to be completed in February 2024.