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Freeway lighting along East Loop 820 planned this year

Posted Feb. 21, 2017

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Freeway lighting improvements along parts of Loop 820 will take place in three phases:

  • Phase 1. I-30 to Rosedale. Work is underway with scheduled completion in September 2017.
  • Phase 2. Rosedale to MLK Freeway-US287. Construction is scheduled for January-September 2018.
  • Phase 3. MLK Freeway to I-20. TxDOT will perform these improvements as part of median barrier reconstruction. TxDOT estimates completion toward the end of 2017 or early 2018.

For each phase, improvement efforts included new electrical wiring, LED lighting fixtures and new poles if necessary. Funding for these improvements is provided through the General Fund’s annual freeway lighting budget and PayGo capital.

The City of Fort Worth is responsible for operating and maintaining freeway lighting along East Loop 820. This includes furnishing and funding electrical power, providing maintenance services and obtaining approval from TxDOT before making any major changes to the lighting system.

Project planning for the East Loop 820 improvements began during the summer of 2016 following an assessment of all freeway lighting infrastructure. This improvement effort was initiated in response to the poor condition of the existing lighting infrastructure and in coordination with TxDOT as that agency initiated other median barrier improvements that impacted freeway lighting.

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