The Chisholm Trail Parkway construction soon will blaze through Johnson and Tarrant counties. Commuters have been hearing about the road for more than four decades, and now they can see the result of many years of planning as all sections were under construction by the end of 2011.
The NTTA held two groundbreaking events in Johnson and Tarrant counties today to commemorate the start of construction on the entire Chisholm Trail Parkway, a project more than 40 years in the making. The event also recognized the project's supporters and partners who were instrumental in keeping it top of mind with the Dallas/Fort Worth region's transportation planners.
With the explosive growth of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Chisholm Trail Parkway is an important part of the region's mobility plan and will help to alleviate traffic on the northern end along Interstate 35W. The 27.6-mile CTP corridor will provide drivers with improved transportation options while traveling in the southwestern quadrant of North Texas from downtown Fort Worth to Cleburne. CTP will extend from Fort Worth’s central business district south to Cleburne, relieving congestion on Interstate-35, State Highway 174, FM 1187, Bryant Irvin Road, Hulen Street and other roadways.
"The drivers of Fort Worth, Tarrant and Johnson counties have waited a long time for this much-needed thoroughfare – more than four decades," said NTTA Chairman Kenneth Barr. “Now, in a little more than two and a half years, the Chisholm Trail Parkway is poised to greatly enhance mobility in the region and improve the quality of life for the citizens in the western metroplex.”
Area motorists will see ongoing changes in traffic patterns during the construction of Chisholm Trail Parkway as construction gets under way and throughout the construction of the project. Roadways frequently traveled, including Interstate 30, will be impacted significantly during construction. Drivers should expect roadwork delays along I-30. The NTTA and TxDOT will keep drivers updated on future detours.
For updates and impacts to travel on the Chisholm Trail, customers are invited to sign up for the CTP e-newsletter by visiting www.NTTA.org or to call the project hotline at 817-916-5105.
The CTP corridor is a collaboration between the NTTA, TxDOT and the North Central Texas Council of Governments; Tarrant and Johnson Counties; the cities of Burleson, Cleburne and Fort Worth, Union Pacific Railroad and Fort Worth and Western Railroad. The entire corridor is expected to open traffic by mid-2014.
Business and Community Meetings
To help keep area residents and businesses aware of project development, the NTTA began hosting business and community meetings in the last quarter of 2011, starting in November with people and companies in the Hulen Street area. The NTTA worked with business leaders to create a “Business Information Group” to keep the lines of communication open. Its next meeting will be held in March 2012.
In December, residents and businesses that work and travel through the busy I-30 area of Fort Worth joined the NTTA for informational meetings. A similar group also was formed for businesses along I-30.
Business owners, residents and motorists who are interested in the project are encouraged to contact the NTTA. For more information about the various Chisholm Trail Parkway business or community meetings, please contact the NTTA at ChisholmTrail@ntta.org or (817) 916-5105.
Once built, the toll road will extend 27.6 miles and provide an alternative route between Fort Worth and Cleburne. The entire corridor is expected to open to traffic mid-2014.