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April 09, 2013

Open house showcases NTE expansion

Updates on the progress and immediate futures of the North Tarrant Express and the Interstate 35W reconstruction projects are the subjects of an open house hosted by the NTE team and the Texas Department of Transportation.
From 2 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North (2540 Meacham Blvd.), there will be updated schematics and animations on, and project experts to talk about construction on Northeast Loop 820 and Texas 121/183.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Other displays will highlight plans for the I-35W reconstruction that should begin this year. Known as segments 3A and 3B, it’s a 10-mile project to expand North Freeway from downtown to U.S. 287, almost doubling the traffic capacity. It will rebuild existing lanes and add toll lanes.
Segment 3A is a $1.4 billion project from Interstate 30 to just south of the I-35W/Loop 820 interchange. Completion is expected in mid-2018.
Segment 3B is a $244 million effort from north of the interchange to U.S. 287. It should be finished in 2017.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price called the reconstruction of “the backbone of Fort Worth’s transportation system” a huge win for the city.
The $2.5 billion North Tarrant Express project to expand 13.5 miles of Loop 820 and Airport Freeway from I-35W to Industrial Boulevard is more than past the halfway mark to a mid-2015 completion.
Call 888-NTE-2015 or see northtarrantexpress.com for more information.
Source: North Tarrant Express Project


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Texas Leghound

I hope I am wrong, but it seems very shortsighted and poorly planned to have the construction cease at U.S. 287, especially when the Alliance corridor is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. This concept simply moves the bottleneck a few miles up the road, creating a large pinch point for traffic heading to North Fort Worth and Denton County, as well as turning I-35 into a rush-hour parking lot between HWYs 287 and 170. By the time the project is completed in 2017-2018, Alliance and North Fort Worth will have greatly outgrown the roadway, and we will see the same conditions we have today.

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