Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News
Getting into historic downtown Grapevine just got a lot easier.
There’s good news for drivers who’ve been dodging construction barrels in the DFW Connector Project. The new, 8-lane, Main Street Bridge in Grapevine is now open over state Highway 114.
There are still a few construction barrels on the bridge. Crews will finish up the permanent lights and islands in the new year.
Now, businesses hope the bridge will drive shoppers into the heart of Grapevine.
Construction crews worked overnight to get the new bridge ready for drivers. Workers chipped away the old lane markers and put down new traffic patterns on the bridge, while dealing with frustrated drivers.
At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the barricades and barrels came up. It paved the way for cars to test drive the new Main Street overpass. The bridge is one of four improved intersections over 114 as part of the $1 billion DFW Connector Project.
“I love it! There’s no traffic,” said Grapevine commuter Olga Young. “I’ve only experienced it this morning and I was shock.”
The opening is also serving up smiles at Main Street Bistro Bakery.
“Great! Especially, before the holidays. Perfect timing,” said bakery manager Tanya Zavistovski.
The DFW Connector construction has been a big bump in the road for many businesses in the city’s center.
“I think it will definitely access Main Street much better. We’ll have much more traffic going through now,” said Zavistovski.
The bridge opening is one fewer obstacle to detour drivers, who have tried to steer clear of the construction.
“I’ve gotten to where I avoid everything so much. I don’t know, we’ll have to see how much time it saves,” said driver Sandra Eckoff.
There’s another reason drivers can be thankful this holiday weekend: there will be no lane closures along the connector project from noon on Tuesday through Monday night.