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East Loop 820 project making progress

Posted Jan. 24, 2019

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aerial photo of construction
This aerial photo was taken looking north, with Trinity Boulevard visible in the background. On the left side of the photo are new beams for a direct connector. (photo provided by TxDOT)

The Texas Department of Transportation broke ground last August on the East Loop 820 project, a $174 million job that will reconstruct Interstate-820 between Randol Mill Road and Pipeline Road, build additional lanes in each direction, replace the Trinity River bridges and create new direct connectors to and from State Highway 121.

Aerial photographs taken of the project in January are now available. Progress includes bridge beams for the new State Highway 121 northbound to I-820 southbound direct connector.

The three-mile project will improve mobility and safety for drivers in northeast Tarrant County through the I-820 bottleneck. The project is part of a $3.8 billion Texas Clear Lanes initiative by Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature to improve mobility.

The Texas Clear Lanes initiative was formed when Abbott called on the Texas Transportation Commission to develop a focused initiative to address the most congested chokepoints in Texas.

The East Loop 820 project was awarded to Flatiron Constructors Inc. of Austin. Construction is estimated for completion in 2022.

For up-to-date project information, current lane closures and to sign up for email alerts on construction activity, visit Keep820Moving.

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