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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, Texas - In partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and NTE Mobility Partners (NTEMP), Fort Worth City Council approved funds needed to build a new bridge that will connect Riverside Drive at the North loop of IH 820 in the Fossil Creek area. The project timing coincides with the current construction sequencing and scheduling that is already going on in Segment 1 of the North Tarrant Express. "This area of Fort Worth has experienced amazing growth in the last decade. This north-south connection will provide needed local circulation and critical access to emergency vehicles. It just makes sense to build the bridge while the highway was already under construction and crews were on site," said District 4 Fort Worth City Councilmember Danny Scarth. The details have been finalized between the City's Transportation and Public Works staff and Bluebonnet Contractors (BBC), the builder of the North Tarrant Express project. Cost of the new bridge connector will be approximately $16 million and will allow the city to continue improvements and economic development in that part of the corridor. "TxDOT sees this agreement as a win for north Fort Worth and Tarrant County," said Maribel Chavez, Fort Worth District Engineer. "We were happy to facilitate this addition to the NTE project because we knew the economic and mobility benefits it would bring to this part of the region. There are business, industry and residents that can use this extra access." BBC will work alongside city staff throughout the design, utility relocation and construction of the new bridge to include any additional improvements needed on either side of the existing new highway. "Working collaboratively, we were able to design a solution and coordinate funding to advance this critical connector within the scope of the current construction sequencing and scheduling, ensuring that it is completed in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible," explained Jose Carlos Esteban, CEO of BBC. As with the other work on the North Tarrant Express project, BBC and NTEMP will communicate with businesses and residents in the area to keep them informed of the construction activity and minimize the impacts. Construction activity has already begun with completion of the Riverside bridge anticipated in the first quarter of 2014. NTEMP and BBC are currently in year three of the five-year construction of Segments 1 and 2 of the North Tarrant Express Project in Northeast Tarrant County. The 13.5-mile corridor runs through six cities across the north loop of IH 820 and SH 121/183 from north Fort Worth east through Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Bedford and into Euless.