Two Major North Texas Highway Projects Reach Major Milestones
In Tarrant County, Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg Jr., State Representative Nicole Collier, Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley, and others kicked off the Southeast Connector Project, a $1.6 billion project to rebuild, widen, and transform the Interstate 20 (I-20), I-820, and US 287 interchange. The project, which will be complete in 2027, represents the largest investment of TxDOT funds on any roadway project in the history of TxDOT’s Fort Worth District.
In south Dallas, Bugg was joined by Commissioner Robert Vaughn, County Judge Clay Jenkins, and others to cut the ribbon on the Southern Gateway project. The five-year, $666 million project rebuilt and widened I-35E from Colorado Boulevard to US 67 and widened US 67 from I-35E to I-20. This project features non-tolled, reversible managed lanes that help provide a total of seven lanes into or out of downtown Dallas depending on peak travel time demands, which will make an easier and safer drive for commuters.
“TxDOT is leading the way in finding solutions to congestion issues, which is critical especially as Texas’ population continues to increase dramatically,” Bugg said. “The additional traffic demands mean lost time, lost productivity, and safety concerns for commuters, travelers, and commercial traffic. Improvement projects like these create more efficient and safer routes for drivers and give them back more valuable time that used to be spent in traffic. What’s more, these projects give the Texas economy even more opportunity to continue to grow.”
Both projects are part of TxDOT’s Texas Clear Lanes program, which reduces congestion throughout the state by focusing planning and construction efforts on the Top 100 Most Congested Roads in major metropolitan areas of Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.
The program has $61.3 billion in projects that have been completed, are under construction, or are in planning. More than a dozen projects have been completed statewide, and the Southern Gateway is the fifth North Texas project to be completed. The region has completed $1.2 billion in projects to date, with another $5.1 billion under construction and $3.3 billion in planning.
“The Southern Gateway illustrates how a highway project can help reconnect and enhance communities. Planning for this project began more than a decade ago, and I appreciate the opportunity to have guided TxDOT's effort to give the community and stakeholders a voice on the final vision that we see today,” said State Senator Royce West. "This project, which finished on time and on budget, will serve southern Dallas well for decades to come."
"The Southeast Connector project has afforded increased economic opportunities for businesses located right here in our community, and will continue to do so as construction advances,” Collier said. "From the beginning, TxDOT has made this project community driven. They have considered and included community input and feedback and demonstrated first-hand how government works for, and with, the people of Texas."