Intersection of Berry Street and University Drive is closed

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    Drivers should find another way to get through the intersection of University Drive and Berry Street because it's officially closed. 

    Monday was the first day of construction in the fast-tracked plan that includes a full closure of the Berry Street and University Drive intersection.

    The contractor, Dan McClendon of McClendon Construction Co., cut down lanes and put up barricades in a matter of two hours, project manager Arty Wheaton-Rodriguez said.

    The intersection closure was proposed to residents at a workshop and was received with some criticism.

    In suggesting the expedited option, officials with the city planning and development department noted that:

    • the project would be finished before the fall semester begins for TCU and Fort  Worth schools.
    • construction would be finished prior to the fall when special events, such as Big 12 sporting events, are expected to flood the area with traffic

    “This is the fairest, best, quickest way to get this done,” McClendon said.

    After residents gave the plan a round of applause, the city officials took the proposal to City Council last Tuesday. The plan was approved and construction has begun.

    Look for a story this week on how construction might affect local businesses.