Major Traffic Shift Ahead at SH 121/183 Split

Later this month, contractors will shift the exit to northbound SH 121 from eastbound SH 121/183 from a right-lane exit to a left-lane exit. There are four major bridge structures at the SH 121 and SH 183 split, three of which are completed. In order to complete the final structure, contractors will shift the eastbound traffic to the north so that drivers are actually driving on future westbound TEXpress lanes.

“It is critical that drivers make note of this upcoming closure,” said Robert Hinkle, director of corporate affairs for NTE Mobility Partners, the project developer. “We will have extensive signage in place to alert drivers to the change, but, for many of us, we tend to follow old habits when driving, particularly if we are distracted.” Hinkle encourages all drivers to exercise extreme caution in the area, as there may be drivers unfamiliar with the area who make last-minute lane changes.

“Safety is our number one priority,” added Hinkle. “I hope that people will put down their phones and slow down as they move through this area and other sections of the corridor.”

Contractors estimate that work in this area will be completed in November, at which point the right-lane exit will be restored.

For more information on this and other upcoming closures, please visit our lane closures page on the web site.

 

Construction Progress & Upcoming Milestones

 

The NTE project is nearing 60 percent completion. Here are a few recent milestones:

  • Opening new eastbound frontage road between Brown Trail and Bedford Road, and Precinct Line Road and Hurtsview Drive
  • Opening westbound on-ramp to SH 121/183 at Bedford Road
  • Extended closure of westbound SH 121/183 frontage road between Brown Trail and Norwood Drive (until mid-August)
  • Opening westbound frontage road just west of Murphy Drive
  • Beam placement at Haltom Road
  • Beam placement for Bedford Road
  • Beam placement at Precinct Line Road
  • Deck pour for Denton Highway 377 bridge
  • Permanent closure of westbound on-ramp to IH 820 at Beach Street
  • Demolition of Iron Horse bridge

Upcoming activities in the next few months include:

  • Opening of eastbound SH 121/183 frontage road between Hurstview Drive and Cavendar Road
  • Continued relocations and preliminary excavation along IH 35W north of IH 820
  • Extended closure of Holiday Lane at IH 820 intersection (through July)
  • Demolition of Union Pacific Railroad bridge
  • Major traffic configuration change to left exit to northbound SH 121 from eastbound SH 121/183

East Segment Business Outreach Meetings

Business owners and tenants along the east segment of the NTE corridor (along Airport Freeway from North East Mall to Euless) are encouraged to attend our monthly outreach meeting at the HEB Chamber of Commerce, which takes place on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Project team members will provide an update on construction milestones and upcoming construction activity to help businesses better prepare for changes along the corridor.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, June 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the HEB Chamber, 2109 Martin Drive, in Bedford.

Fast Facts about the NTE

1,871: number of people currently working in the corridor

136: number of companies that have directly worked on the project

176: number of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) companies or individuals working directly or indirectly on the project

30.78 million pounds: amount of rebar tied

3.33 million cubic yards: amount of excavation/dirt moved within corridor

230,000 cubic yards: amount of concrete poured

863 million: total dollars expended to date on the project

NTE in the Community

Are you part of a business or civic group or neighborhood association that would like more information on the construction progress or specific closures and detours?

The NTE project team makes regular presentations to cities, Rotary clubs, and homeowners associations, and would be pleased to present to your group as well.

Please contact Robert Hinkle, director of corporate affairs, at (817) 710-0500 to schedule a date and time.

Kudos from the Driving Public

Our Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team members are committed to supporting the driving public. Here is a recent email from a community member:

 I am writing to you about the excellent service I received on May 18, 2013 around 7:30 a.m. I had a flat just prior to the 121/183 split in Bedford/Euless. I am not sure which one of those towns actually is considered at that split. What I do know is that with no shoulder, you must come to a stop, so you are putting your life into God’s arms. I have never seen traffic travel so fast when someone is in need of help.

I called 911 around 7:30 a.m. and your Maintenance Techs were behind me within 3 to 4 minutes – maybe sooner – but with that traffic running by me so fast, it seemed like a lifetime. Your Techs were forced to stay in their vehicle, as I was, due to the traffic; we had to wait for the police before we could do anything. At one point I truly thought I was going to get my side mirror ripped off my car.

Once the police arrived your Techs were able to then exit their vehicle, but it had to be on the passenger side. Within minutes they had my tire changed and helped me get back into the traffic by following me as I moved once again forward to 121 north. We all agreed that that would be the best way for me to go to get back to my home in Watauga, since I was sitting in that lane already to go north. I was heading to Dallas, but when the flat happened I moved to the right lane just in time.

Your Techs stayed with me until they got another call. I truly appreciated them helping to run interference for me as I was having to re-enter the traffic many times in my turn-around to get home. Since all of that area is under construction, there were many times that a slow-moving car just had no chance in that traffic. They stayed with me until they got another call just down the road in front of us, which was only about 4 miles from my house.

I want you to know just how important those two men are to us, the public, needing their help. I feel the two of them helped to save my life, and with God’s help to save all three of us.

I hope you understand how these two Techs put their life on the line to help me. They are truly an asset to the residents of Tarrant County.

I know one thing for sure: I will make sure that I drive 50 mph on these highways as I travel around Tarrant County or any road construction that I may run up on as I am driving around Texas. Those 50 mph signs are put there for a very good reason, to help save our lives as well as their own. It is just a shame that those on the roads do not care for the ones helping us when we are need.

Please be sure to let Mr. Mobley and Mr. Alfanso know how much I truly appreciated their help. Thank you God for putting those individuals on the roads to help us here in Tarrant County.

-Ellen W.