Promoting East Fort Worth since 1974

TxDOT Southeast Connector Project

Major changes for Eastside traffic

Public Comment Deadline: August 3

Letter to Judy Taylor, President of Handley Neighborhood association from Curtis F. Loftis
Transportation Engineer at TxDOT

 

 Judy,

The current design does show the removal of the northbound entrance ramp from Meadowbrook Drive to I-820 and the removal of the northbound entrance ramp from Craig Street to I-820.  Currently there are no new entrance ramps planned to replace these ramps.

The intent of this design was to reduce the weaving on the main lanes.  Traffic from Meadowbrook Drive and Craig Street will still be able to get access I-820 north, I-30 east and I-30 west.

Traffic from Meadowbrook Drive and Craig Street wanting to go to I-820 north; could go north through the Brentwood Stair intersection and use the existing on ramp, continue on the collector distributor road and get onto I-820 north.

Traffic from Meadowbrook Drive and Craig Street wanting to go to I-30 east could go north through the Brentwood Stair intersection and go to Handley Drive, take a left and use the existing entrance ramp on Handley Road near Works Street to go to I-30 east.

Traffic from Meadowbrook Drive and Craig Street wanting to go to I-30 west could take a left (go west) at Brentwood Stair Road, then take a right (go north) at Bridgewood Drive, take a left at the access road (between Bridgewood Drive and Bridge Street) and take a left onto the existing on ramp to I-30 west.

This proposed recommended design is not final.  If public input is that they want the northbound entrance ramp at Meadowbrook Drive to remain, it is possible that it can or TxDOT can try to develop a different design where it can be retained.

 TxDOT’s main goal would be to provide the safest design and reduce weaving on the main lanes.  One potential design change could be too kept the existing northbound entrance ramp from Meadowbrook Drive near its current location and combine the northbound I-820 exit for Brentwood Stair with a new northbound exit to Meadowbrook Drive; that is proposed to be further south of the existing exit ramp today.  If you plan to attend the Public Meeting tomorrow I can try to explain this better with the layout.  Northbound I-820 traffic wanting to go to Brentwood Stair would have to go through an additional signal.   With any proposed new design, TxDOT would try to limit ROW impacts and potential displacements.

 A traffic study will need to be performed for this project; it will help in determining the safest design for travelling public.

 

Thanks,

Curtis F. Loftis, P.E.

Transportation Engineer

TxDOT - Fort Worth District
2501 S.W. Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76133

Phone: (817)370-6807

EXISTING RAMP
(Northbound from Meadowbrook)
 
TO BE REMOVED

EXISTING RAMP
(Southbound from Brentwood Stair)
 
TO BE REMOVED

EXISTING RAMP
(Southbound from Meadowbrook)
 TO BE REMOVED

EXISTING RAMP
(Northbound from Meadowbrook)
 TO BE REMOVED

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