Change Coming to Interstate 30/Highway 360 Interchange in Arlington

Relief is on the way for drivers in Arlington.

The Texas Transportation Commission is expected to formally approve a $233 million highway project Tuesday to fix the outdated interchange between Interstate 30 and Highway 360.

"Just getting on and getting onto another highway, it's really – it's really a mess," said driver Shelly Ayala, of Arlington.

Right now, with no direct connection between the two highways, drivers are sent through a winding maze of side streets and stoplights to get from one to the other. The original design of the exchange goes back more than 50 years to the days of the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, once the only direct link between Dallas and Fort Worth. The collection of tolls on the turnpike ended in 1977.

"We're excited about being able to move traffic efficiently through this area," said Keith Brooks, engineering operations manager with Arlington Public Works and Transportation.

The proposed project includes bridges and overpasses, frontage roads and ramps for easy, direct access.

"Increasing the capacity and allowing people to get through this interchange very quickly and just through this corridor is going to greatly improve," said Brooks. "It's something that we've been wanting and pushing for, and so it's finally here. So we're real excited about it finally getting here and coming to fruition."

The project is expected to begin in spring 2016 and be completed in late 2020.

"Definitely the right decision, definitely overdue," said driver Randy Deatherage, of Burleson. "I'll be happy when they get it done."

The Texas Transportation Commission meets to approve the project at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Austin.

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