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Public meeting to discuss replacing railroad underpass on State Highway 183

Posted Dec. 3, 2019

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The Texas Department of Transportation is proposing to replace the Union Pacific Railroad underpass on State Highway 183 from North Nichols Street to Decatur Avenue in north Fort Worth. Learn more about the proposed project at a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at W.A. Meacham Middle School, 3600 Weber St.

The purpose of the meeting is to offer an opportunity to discuss and make comments on the proposed improvements. The public meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. Maps and exhibits of the proposed improvements will be displayed.

Written comments must be submitted by Dec. 31 to be part of the official record.

The proposed project would reconstruct State Highway 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 State Highway 183 onto North Nichols Street and from eastbound SH 183 onto Decatur Avenue.

Adjacent to both sides of 183, existing sidewalks and retaining walls would be replaced with 10-foot-wide shared-use paths separated from traffic by 4-foot-wide clear zones. 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 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 State Highway 183.

To learn more, contact the TxDOT Fort Worth District Office at 817-370-6500.

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