Well, it’s no doubt that we’re seeing tons of road construction in Tarrant County right now. Most of these projects are clearly pretty necessary, such as the DFW Connector and North Tarrant Express. However, in my opinion, none are more desperately needed than the expansion of I-35W through Fort Worth. And it’s finally happening.
The project is expected to last about 5 years and be finished in mid-2018. It will approximately double the capacity of I-35W from I-30 to the U.S. 81/287 cutoff to the north. Sure, it will be a headache to commuters for a few years, but with all of the recent expansion of business and residential areas along the freeway in the past 10 years or so, the outcome should relieve everyday traffic headaches and make traveling safer for drivers.
In all honesty, though, I feel bad for those who have to travel I-35W everyday. Even with traffic problems as abominable as they are now, it’s just going to get worse once construction gets going. Being the main north-south route through Fort Worth, a lot of drivers are going to be impacted during the next few years and accessibility will probably take a hit.
Is there really any other option, though? Once this thing is done, traveling in and out of Fort Worth should be much easier and pain-free. I dream of what driving through Tarrant County will be like once this, the DFW Connector, and the North Tarrant Express are all finished.