Road work

More traffic delays are expected next week as crews close part of the northbound frontage road of Interstate 35E at South Loop 288 beginning Monday.

The right lane of the stretch along Golden Triangle Mall will be closed as crews erect a 9-foot-wide concrete shoulder, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The closure is expected to last two weeks and includes one entrance to the mall area. The northernmost entrance, near San Jacinto Boulevard, will remain open. But the entrance near Wendy’s and Corner Bakery Cafe will be closed for the shoulder construction.

The work is part of widening the last 1.7 miles of Interstate 35E through Denton. The $26.6 million job was originally expected to be finished in January, but that has been pushed to August.

In addition, TxDOT and its contractor, OHL, originally had told city officials that the new underpass at Brinker Road, near Buc-ee’s, would open before the project was finished.

TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine confirmed that the Brinker underpass will not open early, and instead is expected to open when the project is complete in August.

The underpass is expected to bring significant relief to congestion along Loop 288, as motorists looking to travel southbound on I-35E could bypass the Loop 288 intersection altogether via Brinker Road.

Drivers should seek alternate routes during the frontage closure, as detours and delays are expected.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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