DFW Connector project ramps up for demolition, traffic switches

The SH 121/I-635 interchange area has a different landscape with work continuing into the second year of the project. (Courtesy Karen Campbell/Squire Haskins Inc.)
The SH 121/I-635 interchange area has a different landscape with work continuing into the second year of the project. (Courtesy Karen Campbell/Squire Haskins Inc.)

The SH 121/I-635 interchange area has a different landscape with work continuing into the second year of the project. (Courtesy Karen Campbell/Squire Haskins Inc.)

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Cranes work to build new auxiliary lanes and bridges for the DFW Connector project. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work that started in July 2018 to relieve roadway congestion that commonly occurs along 3 miles of SH 121 hit a new major milestone in January.

During the first week of the new year, crews with NorthGate Constructors completed a traffic lane pattern switch to put drivers on new northbound auxiliary lanes, NorthGate Public Information Assistant Maria Woodrow said.

The lanes take vehicles coming from I-635 toward SH 121 and put them on SH 121 farther along the road. This is a major milestone for the project, Woodrow said.

“That traffic is not going on northbound [SH] 121 until later on, so it really is going to be a huge weight taken off of the main lanes,” she said.

When a milestone is accomplished in the project, it means that crews are finished working on this portion of the project, Woodrow said.


The DFW Connector is a $370 million Texas Department of Transportation project that includes rebuilding and widening SH 121 north of the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to accommodate new interchanges at I-635 and FM 2499. The Bass Pro Drive bridge in Grapevine will also be widened to six lanes.

Upcoming construction

The whole project is currently 54% complete, Woodrow said, and the first three months of the new year will propel the project even further.

In mid-January crews will begin demolishing the former northbound FM 2499 bridge. When this happens, vehicles will be taken off the freeway completely and moved to the frontage roads. Southbound traffic will be detoured to Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Northbound traffic will need to exit at Bass Pro.

At the end of February crews will continue demolition of the eastbound I-635 bridge, which began in 2019. Demolition is scheduled to take one weekend, but it might be two, Woodrow said. During that time northbound traffic will be detoured to frontage roads.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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