Motorists who use Northeast Loop 820 in far north Fort Worth and Haltom City should be prepared for a major lane shift that was scheduled to begin late Tuesday.
The eastbound lanes will be moved to new pavement in the former grassy median near Haltom Road and Denton Highway, aka U.S. 377, so workers can rebuild that side of the freeway, officials said. The change was expected to begin after 9 p.m. Tuesday. No lane reductions are planned, but commuters will have to get used to the latest configuration of the snarled roadway.
The shift will likely last six months or so.
Also, traffic that normally enters eastbound Loop 820 at North Beach Street will have a detour.
"Drivers wanting to enter eastbound 820 from Beach Street will be directed along the frontage road through the intersections at Haltom Road and Denton Highway/US 377. They will then be able to merge onto eastbound IH 820 east of Denton Highway," Bluebonnet Contractors spokeswoman Lara Kohl said in a statement.
Bluebonnet is responsible for oversight on the construction, a part of the $2.5 billion North Tarrant Express project.