TARRANT COUNTY (CBS 11 NEWS) – The sound of construction echoes along the Chisholm Trail Parkway, in Fort Worth.
Crews are busy trying to get the toll road open in just three weeks.
The Chisholm Trail Parkway links Fort Worth and Cleburne and has been in the works for decades.
“It’s hard to believe it’s almost here,” says Michael Rey with the North Texas Tollway Authority.
The nearly 28 miles of highway will be open, but some of the main ramps won’t open until September.”It won’t have the convenience it will by fall,” explained Rey, adding, “… but it will still get people where they need to go safely.”
Rey admits it won’t be a pretty road to drive along at first.He says work on landscaping won’t even begin until after the summer.
“We don’t want to hold up the travel between Johnson and Tarrant County for a few things that are more cosmetic more than anything,” he said.
Drivers who have been watching crews work on the project say they’ve been waiting for relief.
“It will take a lot of pressure from I-35,” said Brodrick Archie, who thinks he will save about 45 minutes on his commute. “I can’t wait for it to open.”
The only thing that could slow down work is weather, but as long as there are blue sky’s crews will work non-stop to finish the road in time for the grand opening.
Rey said, “I think we are the only people in North Texas not praying for rain.”
While some of the major ramps remain under construction drivers will still be able to access the toll road from a number of other streets near the area.
North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) officials say signs should start going up in a matter of weeks. There will also be a new TollTag store open in mid-May at 4825 Overton Ridge Boulevard, in Fort Worth.
According to Rey, residents can also use a kiosk in Hulen Mall to purchase a TollTag.
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