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Friday, February 26, 2021

Public meeting to discuss reconstruction of I-20, 820, 287 interchanges

The Texas Department of Transportation is proposing to reconstruct the Interstate 20, Interstate 820 and U.S. Highway 287 interchanges in southeast Tarrant County. The project is being referred to as the Southeast Connector.

A public meeting will be held 6-8 p.m., Thursday July 19 at the Dunbar High School Cafeteria, 5700 Ramey Ave. The purpose of the public meeting is to present the recommended improvements and to receive public comments on the proposed project. The meeting will be an open-house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions.

The proposed project would include:

• I-20 from Forest Hill Drive to Park Springs Boulevard.

• I-820 from I-20 to Brentwood Stair Road.

• U.S. 287 from Bishop Street to Sublett Road. Total length is about 16 miles.

Along I-20 between I-820 and U.S. 287, planners recommend reconstructing existing interchanges and adding general-purpose lanes and collector-distributor roads to separate traffic movements and eliminate weaving. Along I-820 from I-20 to U.S. 287, I-820 and U.S. 287 run concurrently; planners recommend widening and reconstructing the general lanes to reduce major weaving movements.

Throughout the project boundaries, TxDOT is evaluating and recommending improvements promoting safety, including reconstructing interchanges, widening or reconstructing general-purpose lanes, modifying ramp locations to minimize weaving movements and eliminate left-hand exit ramps, reconstructing or providing additional frontage roads to incorporate shared-use lanes that would accommodate vehicles and bicycles and adding sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians.

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