The Fort Worth District is currently planning improvements for IH 820 (Northeast Loop) from IH 35W to SH 121/SH 183. The existing highway includes two general purpose lanes each direction. Proposed improvements are planned to include three general purpose lanes in each direction with two managed lanes in each direction for a total of ten lanes with frontage roads for future traffic volumes.
The preliminary design concepts and alternatives for the corridor are being reevaluated to include additional managed lanes in the median of the proposed general purpose lanes. The layouts are currently being updated to include three general purpose and two managed lanes each direction. A managed lane facility is one that increases freeway efficiency by packaging various operational and design actions. Lane management operations may be adjusted at any time to better match regional goals. This includes evaluating opportunities for congestion management through a combination of three variables: hours of operation, auto occupancy, and value/toll pricing.
The Preferred Alternative provides a unique configuration that provides a choice split between general purpose freeway lanes, and managed lanes with frontage roads. General purpose lanes and managed lanes offer motorists a choice between higher service levels and greater accessibility in a corridor that is facing increasing congestion.
TxDOT received a Finding of No Significant Impact for the project in December 2008.