Hell Is I-35 This Weekend

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Don't drive on I-35W this weekend, don't drive near I-35W -- just don't do it, promise?
If you had planned to drive anywhere near Interstate 35W in Fort Worth and Denton County this weekend, we and the Texas Department of Transportation have one request: Don't. Really. Please, just don't.

You may have seen some of the warning signs flashing from Waco to Denton County, telling drivers about the impending horrors of I-35 traffic this weekend. I-35W just north of Fort Worth will be completely shut down, both ways, from around 9 this evening until Monday morning.

The Department of Transportation will be demolishing the Highway 287 bridge over I-35W, just north of Fort Worth. The demolition is part of an expansion project on the 10-mile stretch around I-35W and Loop 820. Current renovations are expected to be completed in 2018, but many Fort Worthians are fed up with the endless delays.

If it seems like I-35W is perpetually under construction, the history of the road shows that it kind of has been. The 3.7-mile stretch north of Fort Worth is known to be the single most congested road in Texas, which is not news to any poor soul who has spent rush hour there.

"From day to day, you're never sure what lanes are open and what's not," Cindy Worrell, a local commuter, told NBC5. "And when there's a wreck or any kind of fender bender, that just delays everything. So, it is frustrating." But it seems the DOT has not been doing a good job in advertising the road closure: Worrell said she didn't even know about it.

Drivers that elect to take I-35W this weekend will be redirected to a single lane off the highway. If you choose to take I-35W, prepare yourself for several hours of 20 Questions with your kids. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

35, 35E and 35W would be much better if people would drive in the right lane.

I especially like it when one truck going 65 mph goes to pass another truck going at 64 mph, in the 70+ mph areas.


You can't complain about wanting faster roads, without alot of DEMO involved.  (sighs)


Grew up in LA. DFW traffic is nothing to me. Be grateful it doesn't take 3 hours to go 30 miles.

Montemalone topcommenter

Emily, Sweetie Darling,

Tarrant County is hell 24/7.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

If anyone from Dallas somehow ends up on 35W this weekend, they get what they deserve for leaving the bubble.  

TheRuddSki topcommenter

The juxtaposition of this item with the previous two is interesting on several levels, especially with the accompanying graphic.



35E ought to be pretty bad also from the overflow diverting this way. 

Head East - Flat as a Pancake.

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