TEXRail overpass bridge nears completion and 3 more transportation updates in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

The TEXRail bridge over SH 114/121 is nearing completion after more than a year of construction.

The TEXRail bridge over SH 114/121 is nearing completion after more than a year of construction.

Here are updates on some of the major transportation projects taking place in the area.

SH 114/121 TEXRail overpass

The TEXRail bridge over SH 114/121 is nearing completion after more than a year of construction. The new bridge connects the TEXpress lane rails as they head south from Grapevine into DFW International Airport. The bridge is 1,580 feet long and held in place by more than 40 columns. It will have one track running across it when it opens, although it has the capacity to carry two. In the coming months, the roadway beneath the bridge will be restored to its pre-construction status as the lane closures come to an end. This fall the bridge will begin to see trains traverse between the airport and Grapevine as the service prepares to begin at the end of the year.

Timeline: summer 2016-winter 2018
Cost: $12 million
Funding source: Trinity Metro

SH 26 widening Phase 3

Texas Department of Transportation crews will continue to work on the installation of storm drainage along the three-mile SH 26 corridor in Colleyville. This work will be done behind orange barrels so it will not impact the lanes where traffic is currently placed. Crews will also work on pouring the bridge deck for the new Little Bear Creek bridge. Lane closures are expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September as this work is done.

Timeline: November 2016-fall 2019
Cost: $38.2 million
Funding source: TxDOT

I-635/SH 121 interchange

NorthGate Construction crews have installed project limit signs and will continue pre-construction activities for a project that aims to relieve bottlenecks that occur along 3 miles of roadway in Grapevine. Following the Labor Day holiday, the public will see major construction taking place. This will include temporary detour pavement, bridge work and utility work. Lane closures will be posted at www.dfwconnector.com as work progresses.

Timeline: August 2018-2022
Cost: $370 million
Funding source: TxDOT

FM 1938/Davis Boulevard expansion Phase 2

From now to the end of October, TxDOT crews have closed the northbound outside lane on FM 1938 from just north of FM 1709 to near Camden Circle. The closure is to allow crews to start construction of the screen wall adjacent to the Myers Meadow subdivision located on the east side of FM 1938 near Lovegrass Lane in Southlake. The northern portion of the project is expected to be complete by next winter. Motorists can check back at www.facebook.com/southlakemobility for updates.

Timeline: spring 2015-winter 2018
Cost: $20 million
Funding source: TxDOT

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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