Economic Development Picking Up with Corridor Progress


Each month, we document the progress along the NTE corridor through our monthly e-newsletters, community presentations, and updated website photo and video galleries.But it takes driving the corridor to see how significantly the landscape of the corridor is changing — on an almost daily basis! In addition to the new on-ramps, off-ramps, frontage roads and new traffic lanes opening, activity is heating up as new businesses move into the corridor.In the last several months, new construction activity has picked up dramatically, with new restaurants, retailers and medical and professional services businesses now under construction or on the drawing board. For example, a new Outback Steakhouse will open in the next month in Hurst.

Additionally, several of the six cities located along the corridor are reporting increased interest from businesses and developers, who are moving forward on larger scale projects that will benefit from close proximity to the enhanced highway corridor. Last month, the North Richland Hills City Council approved a planned development on the northeast corner of Rufe Snow Drive and IH 820 Loop 820, paving the way for a new entrant into the DFW grocery market: WinCo Foods out of Boise, Idaho.

The public-private partnership behind the NTE project has accelerated the construction significantly, helping to drive economic development activity; typical road projects of this scope can take 10 to 15 years to complete, according to Robert Hinkle, director of corporate affairs for NTE Mobility Partners, the project developer. “Construction is never easy for anyone,” said Hinkle. “However, as businesses and developers see the rapid pace that we’re moving through the corridor on the way to our 2015 completion date, they want to capitalize on the expanded opportunities for economic growth.”

Look for more information on new businesses and developments locating along the corridor in upcoming issues of our monthly e-newsletter.

Construction Milestones & Upcoming Activity
The NTE project has reached 60 percent completion. Here are a few recent milestones:

  • Shifting access to northbound SH 121 from right-lane exit to left-lane exit
  • Beam placement at Central Drive
  • Bridge deck pour at Brown Trail
  • Demolition of Norwood Drive bridge
  • Opening of eastbound IH 820 off-ramp to Grapevine Hwy. 26
  • Opening new westbound IH 820 off-ramp to Rufe Snow Drive
  • Opening new eastbound IH 820 off-ramp to Rufe Snow Drive
  • Demolition of Iron Horse Blvd. bridge
  • Demolition of Union Pacific Railroad bridge
  • Beam placement for eastbound IH 820 on-ramp to TEXpress lanes at Denton Hwy. 377
  • Bridge deck pour at Haltom Road
  • Beam placement for new Riverside Drive bridge

Upcoming activities in the next few months include:

  • Continued relocations and preliminary excavation along IH 35W north of IH 820
  • Demolition of DART bridge
  • Bridge deck pour at Precinct Line Road
  • Permanent closure of Norwood Drive on-ramp to eastbound SH 121/183
  • Opening of temporary eastbound SH 121/183 off-ramp to Brown Trail/Bedford Road/Forest Ridge Drive
  • Demolition of remainder of Bedford Road
  • Opening of Bedford Road on-ramp to eastbound SH 121/183
  • Closure of Central Drive on-ramp to eastbound SH 121/193
  • Opening of Westpark Way on-ramp to eastbound SH 183