DFW Connector Nears Completion

Road project slated to finish a year ahead of schedule

By Kevin Cokely
|  Monday, Jul 29, 2013  |  Updated 6:11 PM CDT
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Major work on the DFW Connector project is scheduled to be complete in a few weeks. The project is 90 percent complete and there are plans for a celebration next month.

Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News

Major work on the DFW Connector project is scheduled to be complete in a few weeks. The project is 90 percent complete and there are plans for a celebration next month.

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After three and a half years, the end is finally in sight.

The massive DFW Connector project is 90 percent finished, and workers now are putting the final touches on the $1.02 billion project.

"We're starting to open a lot more areas to their permanent patterns," NorthGate Constructors spokeswoman Alyssa Tenorio said. "You'll see a lot more permanent lane markings go down and getting all of that tied in and get that all together."

The project, which is a full year ahead of schedule, will be finished just in time for this year's GrapeFest in mid-September, when thousands pack the heart of Grapevine for the annual four-day celebration.

"That will be a great time for people to come out and get reacquainted and also with our shops and our stores and our restaurants and all the wonderful things that the city of Grapevine has to offer," said Leigh Lyons, Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau spokeswoman.

All the major road work should be done in less than four weeks.

The main lanes of eastbound State Highway 114 between William D. Tate Avenue and Main Street still need to be finished.

Until then, drivers will face still more aggravating detours as workers tie in the last of the permanent ramps and lanes.

"I think it's a mess, and it's confusing, and I get lost easily," said Tammy Palmer, of Euless.

"We're just asking that the public bear with us," Tenorio said. "We're almost there and help us get through to the end."

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