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July 22, 2011

Two ramps closing on Texas 121/183 "Airport Freeway," as dirt REALLY starts to fly on the North Tarrant Express job

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Updated at 4 p.m. Two ramps connecting motorists to Texas 121/183 in Bedford and Euless will be permanently closed starting Monday, in another sign that construction of the $2.1 billion North Tarrant Express project is hitting full stride.

The off-ramp from eastbound Texas 183 to Westpark Way, and the on-ramp from Central Drive to eastbound Texas 183, will be closed for about 18 to 24 months. During that time, they will be reconfigured to make room for the wider highway lanes, said Lara Kohl, spokeswoman for Bluebonnet Contractors.“You’re going to have access to that area, but not in the exact same way,” she said.

Motorists will be directed to use other ramps near Central Drive and Westpark Way, which could lead to longer waits at traffic signals along the frontage roads.

While the ramps are being closed near the Texas 121/183 split, crews are also continuing to move thousands of tons of dirt as giant embankments are removed from both sides of the highway to make way for the freeway widening. Chain-link fences are being put up along some Hurst frontage roads, to keep passersby out of the dirt canyons while the work takes place. 

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anonymous

We need less freeways, not more. The DFW area is way to crowded.

On another note, as they are doing all this construction, who do I send the bill to for all the rock chips that my vehicle will encounter during this mess?

Kenneth

On a project like this, what becomes of all the dirt removed? Where does it go? It just doesn't disappear

Bedford resident

Grapevine has a nice website addressing questions and concerns....
http://www.dfwconnector.com/faq.php
Does Bedford have the equivalent?

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