Dedicated to improving mobility along I-35W through a regionally supported TEXpress Lane system, this $1.7 billion design-build project rebuilt a 6.5 mile stretch of IH-35W in Fort Worth, TX. The North Tarrant Express (Segments 3A and 3B) project constitutes the second phase of a planned 36-mile managed lanes network that will facilitate access from Fort Worth to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport along the IH 35W corridor in Tarrant County, Texas. The facility, a critical commuter and international trade corridor, is one of the oldest and most congested in the region. The NTE will reduce congestion, improve air quality, and accommodate future traffic growth in one of the country’s fastest developing regions.
The overall project improvements included the addition of two toll-managed lanes in each direction. Improvements also included the reconstruction of the existing IH-35W general-purpose lanes from north of IH-30 to north of the IH-35W/IH-820 interchange. The construction of this project will double the capacity of this north/south corridor to downtown Fort Worth.
Aguirre & Fields designed 7 bridges in Segment 3A of this project, including three girder bridges over Meacham Boulevard, which included a widening utilizing existing substructure; three girder bridges over UPRR/BNSF/33rd Street which included a variety of skews, curved alignments and tapered widths; and one braided ramp system including post-tensioned straddle bents and inverted-T single column bents.