Beginning tonight, Northeast Loop 820 will be sporting a very different look for drivers in north Fort Worth and Haltom City - and it's a configuration likely to last six months or so.
The eastbound lanes will be moved to new pavement in the once-grassy median near Haltom Road and Denton Highway (also known as U.S. 377) so workers can rebuild that side of the freeway. The change was expected to begin after 9 p.m. Tuesday night. It's just a shifting of lanes, and no major lane closings are expected, but commuters nonetheless will have to get used to the latest configuration of the snarled roadway.
Also, traffic that normally enters eastbound Loop 820 at Beach Street will have to make a detour.
“Drivers wanting to enter eastbound 820 from Beach Street will be directed along the frontage road though the intersections at Haltom Road and Denton Highway/US 377. They will then be able to merge onto eastbound IH 820 east of Denton Highway,” Lara Kohl, spokeswoman for Bluebonnet Contractors, said in a statement. Bluebonnet is responsible for construction oversight on the work, which is part of the $2.5 billion North Tarrant Express project.