University Drive improvement project is set to impact students and businesses

University Drive will undergo year-long construction beginning Monday, Feb. 13.


Ethan Love

University Drive where the project will be taking place. (Ethan Love/TCU 360 Staff)

By Ethan Love, Staff Writer

Drivers might want to avoid South University Drive between Rosedale Street and the Fort Worth Zoo.

Construction crews began work Monday on the first phase of a series of improvements. The road  will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for three weeks while crews reconstruct the sewers. Signs at either end of the project urge drivers to seek alternate routes.

Businesses aren’t sure how customers will deal with the changes.

“We are taking a wait-and-see approach right now,” said Dustin Riddle, general manager at Ol’ South Pancake House. “We are happy about the end goal that the project will bring. It will be less chaotic outside the parking lot and be easier and more accessible for our customers. We’re happy to have a loyal customer base that’s been with us for over 60 years.”

Alternate routes to campus include exiting Forest Park Boulevard from westbound on Interstate 30; exiting South Hulen Street from eastbound on I-30; or exiting Berry Street from either direction on I-35.

All six lanes will be open during major events such as spring break, Fort Worth Zoo Run, Mayfest, Colonial Golf Tournament, TCU Football Home Games and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

The improvements include the addition of a median, a new traffic signal at Collinsworth Street, transit facilities, crosswalks and bike lanes to aid in safety and accessibility.

The project is expected to take one year and cost $5.73 million.

“My only concern is that it is going to be difficult traffic-wise. It will help in the long run, but short term I’m not sure,” said Dean Del Rio, hiring manager at Tyler’s, a retail store in the area. Del Rio said that they have addressed the project with employees as well. “We take precaution, just telling our associates and anyone who works here that they need to plan ahead and make sure they have enough time to get to work and not be late.”

Additionally, there is a Phase 2 project set to begin construction in Spring 2026.

The project lead, Mark McCoy, did not respond to a phone call for an interview.