Northbound and southbound lanes of University Drive to be closed nightly


    Students and faculty commuting on University Drive will need to find alternative routes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m until April 29, as the section south of Interstate 30 will be closed nightly.

    Construction on University Drive between West Vickery Boulevard and West Rosedale Street in this area is associated with the Chisholm Trail Parkway project by the North Texas Tollway Authority, said Michael Rey, North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) media relations manager.

    Lane closures on University are for construction crews to work directly over those lanes of the roadway, Rey said.

    The finished project will be a 27.6-mile toll road from downtown Fort Worth to Cleburne, according to the NTTA website.

    “Chisholm Trail Parkway will not only offer an alternative route to Interstate-35W between Fort Worth and Cleburne, but it will offer quick and smooth commutes for those who choose to take the tollway,” Rey said.

    The project is estimated to cost $1.4 billion, and as long as weather conditions remain good, the roadway is expected to open on May 11, he said.

    “Residents of Tarrant and Johnson counties will benefit from what the NTTA has to offer: driving choices and cleaner, faster, safer roads,” Rey said.

    The NTTA website provided detours for those traveling either north or south on University Drive:

    Northbound traffic:

    Turn right on West Rosedale Street, left on Forest Park Boulevard, left onto the westbound I-30 frontage road, merge onto westbound I-30, take the University Drive exit, and turn left onto northbound University Drive.

    Southbound traffic:

    Turn right onto West Vickery Boulevard, left onto Rogers Road and continue to southbound University Drive.