With all the talk about road work going on in Grapevine, as part of the DFW Connector project, Tarrant County motorists may not realize that the mega-makeover of Northeast Loop 820 and Airport Freeway just a few miles to the south is mere weeks away.
The developer of the $2 billion-plus North Tarrant Express project plans to invite the public to an open house Oct. 27 in Hurst, to make sure area residents understand what to expect during an estimated four years of construction. That week, motorists will start to see the beginning of work zone preparations, particularly near the 820/Interstate 35W interchange.
"They'll starting putting the pad sites down, and preparing the sites for heavy equipment and the cranes between now and the end of the year," said Robert Hinkle, spokesman for developer North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners. Drivers probably won't have to worry about narrow lanes or other obstructions that could significantly slow their commute until very late in 2010 or in early 2011, Hinkle explained.
Also, stay tuned this afternoon as Honkin' Mad listens in on a Texas Department of Transportation workshop in Austin. The state agency and North Tarrant Express developer have reportedly reached a tentative deal to rebuild Interstate 35W from I-30 near downtown Fort Worth to North Tarrant Parkway near Alliance Airport. That project, which includes the addition of toll lanes on I-35W and the reconstruction of the poorly-designed 35W/Loop 820 interchange, was initially supposed to be part of a later phase of the North Tarrant Express project -- but business and government officials in north Fort Worth want it built (much) sooner rather than later.
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