TxDOT proposes the replacement of the existing Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) underpass on SH 183 and the widening of the existing SH 183 roadway to accommodate left and right-turn lanes at the intersections. Improvements will also include retaining walls, grading, and storm system improvements. The project limits are SH 183 from North Nichols Street to Decatur Avenue, including both rail and roadway sections.
The SH 183 project area occurs within an urbanized industrial area of the city of Fort Worth, directly northeast of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The project area is approximately 0.75 miles north of the West Fork Trinity River and occurs partially within the 100-year floodplain. Three rail tracks run through the project area, owned by UPRR and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Trinity Metro’s TEXRail rail line runs north-south through the project area, with the recently renovated Northside Station located north of SH 183 on Decatur Avenue. The TEXRail rail line is served by a recently constructed bridge. The UPRR runs north-south through the project area as well and there is an existing rail spur bridge not in use. Trail Drivers Park is located less than 50 feet southeast of the project limits near Guenther Avenue. There are two known potentially historic sites within and adjacent to the project area: a rail bridge adjacent west of the existing TEXRail rail bridge crossing at SH 183; and Mitchell Cemetery, adjacent south of SH 183 between the UPRR and TEXRail rail lines.
The project was previously environmentally cleared through a categorical exclusion in 2001. Previously, the project resulted in the acquisition of approximately 1.85 acres of ROW and affected three businesses. Two businesses were displaced, and a third business was partially displaced. The project was re-initiated in February 2020.
The existing SH 183 facility consists of four 10-foot travel lanes (two in each direction) with a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side and outer bounding retaining walls on both the north and south sides. Trinity Metro’s TEXRail rail line runs north-south through the project area, with the recently renovated Northside Station located north of SH 183 on Decatur Avenue. The TEXRail rail line is served by a recently constructed bridge. The UPRR runs north-south through the project area as well and there is an existing rail spur bridge not in use. There is a six-foot sidewalk on the north side and retaining walls adjacent to both sides of SH 183.
The proposed project would reconstruct SH 183 to include four 12-foot-wide travel lanes (two in each direction) and right-turn lanes. A 16-foot-wide curbed median would be added between eastbound and westbound traffic for approximately 250 feet in the middle of the project area. The median would transition into 12-foot-wide left-turn lanes from westbound SH 183 onto North Nichols Street and from eastbound SH 183 onto Decatur Avenue. Adjacent to both sides of SH 183, existing sidewalks and retaining walls would be replaced with 10-foot-wide shared-use paths typically separated from traffic by a minimum 5-foot clear zone or a concrete traffic barrier in locations where the minimum clear zone cannot be met. Retaining walls would be constructed to the outside of the proposed shared-use paths and would extend under the recently constructed bridges for the TEXRail project. The shared-use path on the south side would be elevated behind a lower retaining wall and protective concrete traffic barrier next to the roadway. The existing rail spur bridge not in use would be removed. A temporary track beginning south of 29th Street and extending approximately 1,000 feet south of 28th Street would be constructed to temporarily divert train traffic. A temporary bridge for the track over 28th Street would also be constructed just west of the existing main rail bridge. The existing UPRR main rail bridge would be replaced with a new permanent bridge and the temporary structures removed. Drainage improvements would also occur within the project area, extending approximately 0.2 miles along SH 183.
The majority of the project would be constructed within existing right of way. Approximately 0.07 acres of additional ROW would be required from the southwest corner of SH 183 and Decatur Avenue to accommodate sidewalk improvements. Approximately 0.33 acres of temporary construction easements and access would be required at the southeast corner of SH 183 and North Nichols Street and along the southern side of the project area between the UPRR and TEXRail lines.
Memorandum of Understanding:
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 9, 2019, and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.
TxDOT Fort Worth District Office
2501 SW Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX, 76133
Posted: Oct. 16, 2020