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Take a look at some of the press releases we've written about the overall North Tarrant Express project and the new TEXpress Lanes.
FORT WORTH– More than 400 community members turned out to the North Tarrant Express public open house on April 25. The event highlighted the significant progress and milestones being achieve along Loop 820 and Airport Freeway construction (segments 1 and 2 of the North Tarrant Express) and also included schematics and information on the $1.6 billion I-35W reconstruction project, which is now underway north of Loop 820.
“Every week, we are seeing significant progress along the first two segments of the North Tarrant Express,” said Robert Hinkle, director of corporate affairs for NTE Mobility Partners, the project developer. “We heard loud and clear at the open house that people are impressed with the progress and eager for the project to be completed, because it will drastically increase the road capacity along this highly congested corridor.”
Some of the recent milestones include the completion of the Hurstview bridge, final demolition and reconstruction of the Denton Highway 377 bridge, and the opening of new westbound main lanes along Airport Freeway. More milestones are imminent, with the opening of the on-ramp to eastbound Airport Freeway from Precinct Line Drive and the opening of the exit to Murphy Drive from southbound SH 121, both of which will take place in the next few weeks.
In the last year, the project logged more than 3,000 lane closures and completed the demolition and partial reconstruction of 10 bridges and overpasses. Fully 100 percent of the corridor is under construction now, and approximately $800 million has been spent to date.
The open house also highlighted plans for the reconstruction of 10 miles of I-35W from downtown Fort Worth north to the US 81/287 juncture. Utility relocations and preliminary ground excavation is underway in preparation for full construction. Lane closures will begin along I-35W next week, starting Sunday, April 28, when traffic will be reduced to one lane in either direction during the overnight hours through Friday, May 3.
“This project has been on the drawing board for decades, and to see construction activity finally happening has reassured residents and businesses that relief is on the way,” said Hinkle.
The I-35W segment north of the I-820 interchange is expected to be under construction for four years; the segment south of the interchange is expected to begin construction later this year with a 2018 completion date.
“The commitment of our many partners, including the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Fort Worth, has kept the momentum going and kept this project in front of state leaders, ensuring they remained focused on improving mobility along this essential north-south corridor,” added Hinkle. “This project will transform this region, and the state.”
NTE FAST FACTS (as of March 2013)