Motorists on Interstate 30 and other west Fort Worth roads can expect closed exit ramps, narrow lanes and other potential obstacles as soon as December, as the North Texas Tollway Authority begins full-blown construction on Chisholm Trail Parkway.
The tollway authority has told its contractors to begin building the 28-mile toll road from I-30 in central Fort Worth to U.S. 67 in Cleburne.
"We anticipate that before Christmas you'll start to see them clearing out right of way," Elizabeth Mow, tollway authority director of project development, told the Fort Worth City Council during a briefing Tuesday. She said the road, which is expected to cost $1.6 billion, would likely be completed by mid-2014.
"It is the largest project NTTA has ever done, in distance and scope," she said.
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On I-30, the effects of the construction will mostly be between Summit Avenue and University Drive. Motorists may also encounter road work along West Vickery Boulevard between the I-30 entrance ramp and Forest Park Boulevard.
Other expected closures:
Westbound Rosedale Street between University Drive and Lovell Avenue. Detour to University Drive.
Dirks Road between Harris Parkway and Granbury Road. Detour to Harris Parkway and Oakmont Boulevard.
Periodic night closures for bridge work on Interstate 20 main lanes and frontage roads, Texas 183 ramps and main lanes, Overton Ridge Boulevard, Dutch Branch Road, Risinger Road, Sycamore School Road and Farm Road 1187.
Gordon Dickson, 817-390-7796