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November 15, 2010

I-35W, Loop 820 expansion -- What to expect

I35w_2 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.

-- Gordon.


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F. J. Chalupa Jr

why not just build a new SE35 Inerstate over and around, off the split at 35W AND 820, Which would change Mclain rd./ Glen View/Pipeline rd./ and keep going all the way passed 161 and farther. It's no money stoping the counties, it's the poeple not wanting another Texas 183. THANK YOU FOR READING, Signed XXL Chalupa!

David Perkins

Chalupa, I think they were talking about a N/S not W/E road. But you got me to thinking.
What if we made another I35W(east) and ran it from downtown up to 377 (Denton Hiway) and then that new Interstate takes over 377 as an interstate and runs on up 377 to I35E? Run it from downtown on the airport fwy (121) and construct a new 1 mile link in Haltom City from 121 to 377. Rebuild 121, that new link of 1 mile and all of 377 from DT Fort Worth to I35E at Denton.
Talk about relieving traffic pressure on North Side and the Alliance Corridor!

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