Good news for North Texas. There is a new direct-connector ramp that’s opened from westbound Interstate 30 to southbound Chisholm Trail Parkway. Construction continues in the area as they set to complete the project.
The work will continue into 2015 and the purpose of the project is to alleviate congestions on several roadways. Here is a look at the work they’ve done, the work still in progress and what the project is accomplishing for North Texas.
What is the North Texas Tollway Authority Doing in the Area?
The North Texas Tollway Authority opened the new direct-connector ramp between I-30 and Chisholm Trail Parkway to help with the congested traffic in the area. The project is nearing completion but crews are still working on some of the progress. There are crews working in the west of downtown Fort Worth that are still working a new loop ramp that would go from eastbound I-30 to northbound Forest Park Boulevard, as well as:
- A new westbound I-30 frontage road entrance ramp to southbound Chisholm Trail Parkway
- A new westbound I-30 entrance ramp west of Summit Ave
- Street improvements and final paving at University Drive
- Reconstruction of the entrance ramp on westbound I-30 from Forest Park Blvd along Parkview Drive
Thanks to the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Department of Transportation, this project was made possible. Traffic can still use a route on the parkway traveling from the business district of downtown Fort Worth to Cleburne in Johnson County. Drivers will start seeing final touches finishing up on the roadway.
Why the NTTA is making the improvement
The Chisholm Trail Parkway is alleviating congestion on State Highway 174, Interstate 35W, Bryant Irvin Road, FM 1187 and Hulen Street. This is the first time the NTTA is working in Tarrant and Johnson counties.
While it’s a $1.4 billion project, it is a representation to Texans of the area’s commitment to cooperative partnership. This is because the NTTA collaborated with the North Central Texas Council of Government and the Texas Department of Transportation.
The job of the NTTA is to construct, maintain and repair turnpike projects of North Texas through raised capitals from turnpike revenue bonds. Actual tolls are used to repay debt and maintain roadways.
This new ramp and the other projects in the area should make travel much easier in this area of Fort Worth.