If you live in Northeast Tarrant County, or drive through on a regular basis, the $2 billion North Tarrant Express road project is about to become a big part of your life for the next four to five years. But before you curse the impending traffic on Northeast Loop 820 and Texas 121/183, consider attending a public open house 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Dr.
It’ll be an informal way to learn about how construction will be rolled out along the 13.5-mile corridor from Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth to Industrial Boulevard in Euless. The road work begins in earnest over the next several weeks. Although the contract with the developer, NTE Mobility Partners, places strict limits on closing lanes during the work week, the project will inevitably push additional traffic onto surrounding highways, and even thoroughfares in area cities.
-- Gordon Dickson