Motorists are invited to learn more about the proposed expansion of I-35W from downtown Fort Worth to North Loop 820 during a public meeting Tuesday. The informal, come and go-style meeting will be 7 to 9 p.m. at Calvary Christian Academy, 1401 Oakhurst Scenic Drive in Fort Worth.
The Texas Department of Transportation and a developer, NTE Mobility Partners, are proposing to do the I-35W work as part of the ongoing North Tarrant Express project -- a $3.3 billion job that also includes reconstruction of Northeast Loop 820 and Airport Freeway in Northeast Tarrant County.
As for I-35W, the project includes the addition of toll lanes from I-30 to Loop 820, as well as the reconstruction of existing lanes and improved ramps. The proposed overhaul of I-35W from Loop 820 to the U.S. 287 split is also part of the North Tarrant Express and will be explored in future meetings.
Maps and other visuals will be provided. Although the state transportation department says it intends to eventually widen I-35W to 12 lanes, the first phase of that plan doesn't include any new capacity on the I-35W main lanes in the short term. Instead, two toll lanes would be added in each direction while existing lanes would be rebuilt and remain free. All that work would be done by 2017.