The Clearfork Main Street bridge will open in late April as only the second connection between Bryant Irvin Road and Hulen Street, bridge project manager Leon Wilson said.
The new bridge will carry two lanes of traffic each way, and will feature a pedestrian bridge suspended below the auto traffic sections (see photos), according to the city’s website.
The project intends to connect Stonegate Boulevard to Edwards Ranch Road (see map) to provide a rare link between Hulen Street all the way to Southwest Boulevard. Previously, the only link between all three roads other than the interstates was Vickery Boulevard.
Jon Langston, TCU sophomore and resident at the Canyons Apartments (see map), said he is very excited for the new cut through to open.
“I have to use Vickery currently, which can back up during rush hour,” Langston said. “Now, I won’t have to deal with any traffic and I can get to campus way faster.”
Langston also has access to the Trinity Trails from his apartment, and with the new pedestrian aspect of the bridge, biking across the river will not be a problem anymore.
Wilson said currently there is no access across the river for bikers and pedestrians, and the new bridge will provide that.
The two-year, $12 million project is a city-run project despite being adjacent to the NTTA-run Hulen Street bridge construction as well as the new Chisholm Trail Parkway. West of the river will be an access point for that new toll road (see map).
Canyons leasing agent Michelle Williams said she was not only excited for the easy access to Hulen Street but the eventual easy access to downtown Fort Worth and the shopping on the south side, both via the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
“It will make everything a whole lot easier,” Williams said.