Developer Wants to Unclog I-35W Corridor Congestion

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A plan to ease congestion along I-35W is on the table.

    A private developer has a plan to ease clogging congestion along Interstate 35W in Tarrant County.

    NTE Mobility Partners has filed a proposal with the Texas Department of Transportation to rebuild 10 miles of I-35W from downtown to far north Fort Worth.

    Plan to Cut Congestion on I-35W

    [DFW] Plan to Cut Congestion on I-35W
    NTE Mobility Partners is behind a plan to expand I-35W and add toll lanes from downtown Fort Worth all the way to North Tarrant Parkway.

    Under the idea, the left side exits at I-35W and Loop 820 would be replaced with flyovers and right-side merge lanes. The developer would also add two toll lanes in each direction to the existing freeway.

    The stretch of I-35W and the North Tarrant Parkway is ranked 27 out of the top 100 bottlenecks in Texas.

    Ralph Martin, a truck driver who has driven I-35W for the last 10 years, calls it the "worst road to try to get anywhere.

    "The road is worse; more potholes," he said. "It's just ridiculous that all these roads in Dallas are getting wider and better, and this one hasn't change in what 40 years."

    NTE Mobility would pay for the majority of the costs associated with the improvements, but public funds would have to cover the rest -- which could be anywhere from $173 to $287 million.

    "We have to look at how we would pay for that if we do move forward," said Tony Hartzel, of TxDOT.

    Martin said he thinks the money would be well-spent. He said he would even be willing to pony up a few bucks to use the proposed toll lanes.

    "We do it all the time," he said. "We go to New York, we got to pay, so, yeah, it's worth it."

    NTE Mobility will meet with TxDOT in Austin on Wednesday. Even if the project moves forward, drivers may not see any traffic improvements until at least 2017.