Construction zone signs are a common sight in North Texas, but for Tarrant County residents there are many more to come.
The latest major project is called the North Tarrant Express and amounts to a complete makeover of Northeast Loop 820 and the Airport Freeway. The $2-billion dollar project cuts through parts of Ft. Worth, North Richland Hills, Haltom City and the H.E.B. area. By late next month the “prep work” will begin, focusing on the always troublesome interchange of I-35-W and Loop 820.
As early as 2012, work could start on toll lane construction on the North Freeway from downtown Ft. Worth to the 287 split on the north side of Tarrant County. Plus, the $1 billion DFW Connector project is already underway on the northside of DFW Airport.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram says the total price tag for work on 820, the Airport Freeway and I-35-W could top $3 billion. Tax revenues are drying up though, and TxDOT officials, as well as some lawmakers, have said the state will run out of money for new road work by 2012 and will mainly be using its highway fund for maintenance.