The Texas Department of Transportation has broken ground on one of Tarrant County's biggest projects which will impact drivers for years. The project is dubbed the Southeast Connector Project. NBC 5 reports that the project will rebuild and widen nearly 11 miles of both I-20 and I-820. The project comes at a cost of $1.6 billion.
This project becomes the largest investment in transportation infrastructure in TxDOT's Fort Worth region. I-20 will be widened to 10 main lanes from I-820 to US-287 and I-820 will widen to eight main lanes from I-20 to Rosendale Street. The project also will reconstruct the I-20, I-820, and US-287 interchanges. Texas DOT Fort Worth officials say the project is to improve safety and traffic flow, as well as to make merging easier. TxDOT released a statement to NBC 5 saying:
“This highly anticipated project will tie in the east and southeast part of Tarrant County to the central part of the county while relieving congestion. It’s not only important for Tarrant County and Fort Worth, but also facilitates trade, increases safety, and improves efficiency for the entire Metroplex.”
The groundbreaking near I-820 was attended by several regional leaders and officials. Those in attendance also later attended the ribbon cutting on the Southern Gateway project in southern Dallas. This project was $666 million and took five years to rebuild and widen I-35E and US-67. These projects are part of the Clear Lanes Initiative, which was launched by state lawmakers to find and fix bottlenecks across the state.