The Texas Department of Transportation is accepting public comment through June 17 on proposed improvements to US 81/US 287 from south of Avondale-Haslet Road to I-35W in Tarrant County.

The proposed improvements will encompass about 6.9 miles. The project’s goal is to improve capacity and access, and address safety issues, according to TxDOT officials. The safety issue is that “adjacent property owners have direct driveway access to the main lanes,” according to a presentation from a June 2 public hearing.

TxDOT officials stated that the project would “reconstruct the main lanes and add one inside main lane in each direction; construct new continuous one-way frontage roads; and convert existing two-way frontage roads to one-way frontage roads.” Construction will specifically affect Willow Springs Road, Heritage Trace Parkway, Wagley Robertson Road, Tarrant Parkway and Harmon Road.

This construction is proposed in two phases. Phase 1, which is about 1.3 miles, is estimated to begin in 2024 and last about three years. It is projected to cost about $35 million. The ultimate or final phase of construction will occur as funding becomes available, so there is no timetable, TxDOT officials said. This phase is expected to cost $227 million.

Phase 1 of the project includes construction of frontage roads from north of Harmon Road to west of I-35W. Also included is construction of one northbound exit ramp to North Tarrant Parkway and two southbound ramps to and from North Tarrant Parkway/Harmon Road. Bridges and intersection signals will also be constructed at Harmon Road and North Tarrant Parkway.

Detailed information on this presentation can be found online here. Comments can be submitted by clicking the “submit your comment” button on the website; by emailing [email protected]; by mailing in comments to TxDOT Fort Worth District Office, attn. Carl L. Johnson, P.E., 2501 S.W. Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76133; or calling 469-389-2603.

The Texas Department of Transportation project is divided into two phases along US 81/US 287 in Tarrant County. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)