Repaving Grand Prairie's Historic Main Street

Grand Prairie roadway is torn up in anticipation of SH 161's completion

By Christine Lee
|  Monday, Jul 2, 2012  |  Updated 6:33 PM CDT
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Major road construction along Main Street in Grand Prairie, ahead of the completion of State Highway 161's completion, is causing headaches for people who live and work along the construction zone.

Christine Lee, NBC 5 Grand Prairie Reporter

Major road construction along Main Street in Grand Prairie, ahead of the completion of State Highway 161's completion, is causing headaches for people who live and work along the construction zone.

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State Highway 180 in Downtown Grand Prairie has seen better days.

The Texas Department of Transportation is repaving the road for the State Highway 161 extension.

"They shift the traffic back and forth," city spokeswoman Amy Sprinkles said. "There is definitely a little bit of disruption, but I think the end result will be well worth it."

The repaving project is expected to be completed next month.

Resident Elizabeth Kumpe said driving down Main Street has been a different experience.

"It's rattly," she said. "I can hear rocks here and there."

Up to 18,000 drivers daily cruise through the the seven-mile stretch of SH 180.

Bobby Patel, manager of Crown Inn, said his main entrance was shut down for almost a year, affecting business.

"We were down to 50 percent, lost a majority of our clientele," he said. "We had to put money out of our pocket to survive."

The entrance was reopened about three months ago, and business has started to improve since then.

"We're right next to the intersection and the exit off of 161, so hopefully it should help us in the future," Patel said.

Resident Elizabeth Kumpe said a little inconvenience now is a small price to pay for a big upgrade later.

"It's going to be a big improvement, yeah, traffic-wise and driving-wise," she said.

The main lanes of SH 161 should be completed by October.

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