Work Begins to Remake 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth

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    It's the first full day that Fort Worth residents had to deal with the 7th Street Bridge being closed during the day for bridge work. (Published Thursday, May 9, 2013)

    A major Fort Worth east-west thoroughfare connecting downtown to the cultural district is about to be off limits for a while.

    The nearly $26 million reconstruction of the century-old 7th Street Bridge started Wednesday.

    Construction Begins on 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth

    [DFW] Construction Begins on 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth
    Construction crews will close the 7th Street bridge that links downtown Fort Worth to the cultural district to install 12 massive arches for the new bridge over the Trinity River and drivers will have to find a new way to get to their destination. (Published Thursday, May 9, 2013)

    "I think it was time for a change," said Fort Worth resident Toni Elrod, out for a walk near the bridge on Sunday. "The bridge needed an update and it's going to be beautiful."

    The new bridge's signature features -- massive new arches that will give the bridge a striking new look -- are sitting a couple blocks away behind Montgomery Plaza where Elrod lives. She watched as 12 precast arches were built over the past year away from the bridge site.

    7th Street Bridge Closes in FW

    [DFW] 7th Street Bridge Closes in Fort Worth Wednesday Night
    Construction crews will close the 7th Street bridge that links downtown Fort Worth to the cultural district to install 12 massive arches for the new bridge over the Trinity River and drivers will have to find a new way to get to their destination. (Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013)

    "It was great they did that," said Elrod. "I thought it was smart they did a lot of the building off site."

    The bridge will be closed from May 8-14, then off and on -- mostly at night -- until mid-June. In June, it will be closed for five months. The new bridge should open before Thanksgiving.

    New 7th St. Bridge Construction Begins in Fort Worth

    [DFW] New 7th St. Bridge Construction Begins in Fort Worth
    A major Fort Worth east-west thoroughfare connecting downtown to the cultural district is about to be off limits for a while. (Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013)

    "I'm still trying to figure out what my detour will be because I use seventh all the time for family and for work purposes," said Shannon Farris, Elrod's sister.

    Drivers will need to detour on Lancaster Avenue which runs parallel with the bridge.

    Work Begins To Re-Make Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth

    [DFW] Work Begins To Re-Make Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth
    Crews will begin installing signature arches on Fort Worth's seventh street bridge this week. (Published Sunday, May 5, 2013)