Chisholm Trail Parkway Construction Hits MilestonesWith history in the making, construction continues on the NTTA's Southwest Parkway/Chisholm Trail toll road project recently renamed Chisholm Trail Parkway by the Texas Legislature. The once historical route for cattle drives soon will serve as North Texas' mobility connector in Tarrant and Johnson counties.
In late April, crews erected beams for the new Rosedale Street connector bridges that will be necessary to improve connectivity to the future Chisholm Trail Parkway near Fort Worth’s medical district. The completion of this bridge will be one of the final milestones for the advance construction work that kicked off the NTTA’s construction of the corridor more than one year ago.
In the upcoming months, motorists will see crews preparing for the demolition of the existing Hulen Street bridge, which will be replaced by a new higher capacity bridge that will accommodate traffic in and around Chisholm Trail Parkway. The new Hulen Street bridge will have the second largest support structure to be constructed on the NTTA network of toll roads. Building the structure will require approximately 740 cubic yards of concrete -- that's approximately 150,000 gallons of milk!
One of the NTTA’s Chisholm Trail Parkway project partners, the Texas Department of Transportation, also is reaching project milestones on construction at Interstate 20 and State Highway 183. TxDOT contractors are constructing Chisholm Trail Parkway frontage roads from Arborlawn Drive to Overton Ridge Boulevard and making improvements to I-20 and SH 183 from Hulen Street to Bryant Irvin Road. With one year of construction complete, motorists should expect to see notable progress in the area. Recently, crews completed the construction of one of the tallest walls on the project between the future Chisholm Trail Parkway and Country Day Lane. The $117 million, TxDOT-led local access improvements are being made with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
During construction of Chisholm Trail Parkway, various traffic detours and lane closures will be necessary to complete the corridor. For current lane, street and ramp closures, subscribe to NTTA’s bi-weekly e-news alerts at www.ntta.org. Daily street, lane and ramp closure information also is available at www.ntta.org or by calling the NTTA Information Line at 817-207-0184.
In other project news, the NTTA began advertising the final section of the Chisholm Trail Parkway in May. Section 5 in southwest Fort Worth is nearly six miles long and will extend from Altamesa Boulevard to FM 1187.
Chisholm Trail Parkway is a 27.6-mile road that stretches from Fort Worth’s city center to U.S. 67 in Cleburne. The entire project is expected to open to traffic in early 2014.