Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News
Crews begun demolishing the old Northwest Highway/Gateway Drive bridge in Southlake. Highway 114 in both directions is closed until 6:00 a.m. Monday.
You could see the back-ups as cars had to get off Highway 114 from hundreds of yards away at 9:00 a.m.
Southlake resident Carolee Richards kept a safe distance enjoying breakfast on a restaurant patio with friends. She said she wants no part of that traffic mess.
"It's pretty heavy duty." said Richards. "You can't really get anywhere. You have to stay on the back roads, mainly Dove Road what everybody uses. It goes right along 114 and if you get on 114 you're not going anywhere," she added with a giggle.
Heather and Doug Brubaker said they got an early start and had a plan B.
"We were able to fortunately work around and take some back roads to get over to Southlake Boulevard," said Heather Brubaker.
"I'm just glad we got up early and came up before it got too congested," said husband, Doug Brubaker.
Demolition crews are working night and day to take down the old Northwest Highway/Gateway Drive Bridge in Southlake. It's part of the billion-dollar DFW Connector project which involves rebuilding parts of four highways, five bridges and two interchanges in an 8.4-mile stretch. The Texas Department of Transportation said it's a year ahead of schedule and should be done by the middle of next summer.
"That's exciting," said Heather Brubaker. "We'll be ready to buy a house around here by then so it'll be good for us."
Work crews are tentatively scheduled to continue demolition of the bridge next weekend starting Friday, August 31st at 8pm and continuing until Monday, September 3rd at 6am so east and westbound State Highway 114 at FM 1709 will be closed again.