Busy Fort Worth Intersection to Close for Renovations

City Council approves six-week closure over 10-month option that would keep some lanes open

By Andres Gutierrez
|  Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012  |  Updated 7:45 PM CDT
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Berry Street at University Drive near the campus of Texas Christian University will shut down for construction next week for six weeks.

Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News

Berry Street at University Drive near the campus of Texas Christian University will shut down for construction next week for six weeks.

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A major intersection in Fort Worth will shut down for at least six weeks beginning next week.

The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to close the intersection of University Drive and West Berry Street for construction. The other option was to keep some lanes open, which would prolong the construction for 10 months.

Nearly 40,000 cars daily drive through the intersection.

"I think there might be some people who will avoid the area," said Kay Green lee, general manager of Dutch's Legendary Hamburgers, which has been grilling mouthwatering burgers for five years on South University Drive.

But many businesses in the area, such as Kobe's Jewelers, are welcoming the closure.

"If you have a business that they want to get to, they're going to find a way to get to you," said Rick Lube, owner of Kobe's Jewelers, which has conducted business on West Berry Street for 60 years. "There's going to be plenty of side roads and signage that will allow people to get to it."

The intersection renovation is the next step in continued improvements to make Berry Street more pedestrian-friendly.

The closure begins Monday.

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