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North Texas boulevard bridge and Eagle drive construction projects

April 4, 2016

Dear UNT community,

UNT has been notified about two road projects that will impact travel to, from and around the university. We want to make you aware of these projects and provide you with possible alternative routes.

In late April, the 35Express project on Interstate 35E will begin demolition of the North Texas Boulevard bridge to make way for a new bridge. The timeline for this work includes:

  • Demolition starts at 9 p.m. April 29 (Friday) on the North Texas Boulevard bridge over I-35E. Traffic will be routed off of I-35E and onto the service roads while that work is being done.
  • I-35E is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. May 2 (Monday). With the bridge gone, traffic on the frontage roads will not stop at the North Texas Boulevard intersection. Traffic coming from North Texas Boulevard will have designated turn lanes that will yield to the frontage roads.
  • Three lanes of the new North Texas Boulevard bridge – one in each direction and a turning lane – are expected to be open in late summer.
  • The full bridge – two lanes in each direction, two dedicated turning lanes, two U-turn lanes and a pedestrian walkway – is expected to be complete in the fall.

In late May, the City of Denton will begin work on Eagle Drive. The timeline for this work includes:

  • Starting in late May, the city will begin reconstructing and re-striping Eagle Drive from North Texas Boulevard.
  • The project will continue along Eagle Drive to Carroll Boulevard and is expected to last through fall.
  • At least one lane in each direction will remain open throughout this time, and north/south traffic on Avenue C, Avenue A and Welch Street will be able to cross Eagle Drive. Other intersections may be closed to through traffic.

Because of the work surrounding UNT, the university recommends that individuals coming to campus give themselves ample time for travel and consider the following alternative routes.

Since work on Eagle Drive won’t yet be underway at the time of UNT’s Commencement on May 13-14, it is recommended that visitors use Fort Worth Drive. For events in late May, once construction has started on Eagle Drive, extra travel time may be needed and using routes from Sycamore, Mulberry, Oak or Bonnie Brae streets should be considered.

During the bridge closure, traffic wishing to access North Texas Boulevard will use the following detours:

  • Southbound I-35E traffic will continue to the Fort Worth Drive exit, make a U-turn and continue on the northbound frontage road to North Texas Boulevard.
  • Northbound I-35E traffic will take the McCormick Street exit and continue on the northbound frontage road to North Texas Boulevard.
  • UNT community members leaving campus are encouraged to avoid North Texas Boulevard and use alternate routes such as Eagle Drive  to McCormick to reach south I-35E, or West Oak Street to reach south I-35W or north I-35E.

The UNT community can stay updated with the 35Express and nearby construction work affecting the campus by visiting unt.edu/i-35. The 35Express project also has a website with links to social media and email updates at 35Express.org.  

The City of Denton’s Streets department also offers a street construction report online, cityofdenton.com/home.

Posted on: Mon 04 April 2016

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