I-35W is Finally Going to Be Expanded

By | March 6, 2013

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.

4 thoughts on “I-35W is Finally Going to Be Expanded

  1. Shelton Lester

    This is both terrifying and amazing. The roads not only need expansion it needs expansion all the way up to the split. There is absolutely no excuse however for a city who has almost a million people in it to have a 2 lane highway anywhere near it. Which happens in some parts of Ft. Worth on 35. Even if they didn’t expand it though the roads need it badly, I was driving 35 in the day time the other day and was surprised it didn’t feel like a dirt road with the way the road looked.

    1. Scott Post author

      I have thought the exact same thing. Through Fort Worth, most of I-35W just looks downright bad. Plus, when you compare it to I-35E in Dallas which is 10 lanes some places, it just looks ridiculous. The northern portions are better-looking and in much better shape, but I would still like to see the highway expanded up to Texas Motor Speedway sometime. Still, that being said, once the new interchange with I-820 opens up and the expansion is done, things will be greatly improved through that vicinity.

  2. Branden Helms

    Why is it these road projects ” are clearly pretty necessary” when they will still get congested anyway and promote more suburban sprawl? Where do you draw the line? Three lanes? Four? Ten?

    1. Scott Post author

      I think road construction is really the only short-term solution. I-35W literally hasn’t been expanded since 1959, and the population has exploded since then. The problem isn’t going to get any better by doing nothing. However, I do agree with your point, and I think we do need to develop a better solution in the long term. I’m not entirely sure what that is yet, though.


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