August 25, 2009 · Filed Under Events and News 

Traffic is being re-routed around the West Lancaster Avenue Bridge over the West Fork of the Trinity River, which will be closed Aug. 26 to Nov. 23 for repairs. The structure is safe, but to maintain the safety of the bridge, rehabilitation and repair work are needed. The repair project will cost the city $603,000.

The existing bridge deck must be lifted to repair the spans. Crews will repair and replace the existing rockers and bearings that support the bridge deck and roadway.

Closing the entire bridge will help expedite the project by allowing contractors to work on several spans of the bridge at once. West Lancaster traffic will be re-routed as it approaches the bridge. The detour on the west side of the bridge will take motorists from University Drive or Currie Street to West Seventh Street. On the east end, motorists will detour to Summit Avenue and continue to West Seventh Street.

Emergency-response officials have been involved in the planning process and have plans to mitigate any potential delays in service.  The steel-deck truss bridge was built in 1938-39 and was rehabilitated in 1999.

Source: City of Fort Worth


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