FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A major road construction project in Tarrant County is nearing the two-year mark. Developers broke ground on the North Tarrant Express in mid-2010. Once it’s complete, the NTE will run from Interstate-35W in Fort Worth to Industrial Boulevard in Euless. The $2.5 billion project will reconstruct the existing lanes of Interstate-820, Highway 121 and Highway 183, and add managed toll lanes.
“Probably within the next 60 days, this entire corridor will be under construction,” said Robert Hinkle, spokesperson for the NTE. “So, that means there will be something going on in the entire 13 and a half miles.” By working on the entire project all at once, instead of in phases, developers can complete the construction much quicker.
The NTE is expected to be open by June 2015. The work is already ahead of schedule, but the orange barrels and concrete barriers won’t be going away anytime soon. “When you pull those concrete barriers in, which you have to do to create the construction, the lanes are still there. They’re just going to look a lot smaller,” Hinkle explained. “So, for those workers’ safety and for the drivers’ safety, we want folks to slow down and pay attention.”
Along the stretch, cars, construction and congestion are all commonplace. So, at least for the next three years, maneuvering through the traffic trouble spot will be tricky. “On any given day, we’ve got about 150,000 cars moving through this corridor, and also we’ve got about 1,000 workers on any given day,” Hinkle said. “So, put down your BlackBerry, put down your sandwich, put down your makeup, put down whatever you have in your hands — grip the wheel and drive.”
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