NTE Project Update

STEM Partnership Benefits Students, NTE Mentors

When it comes to giving back to the community, the North Tarrant Express (NTE) project team puts science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM) at the top of the list.

Focused on improving STEM education for students along the project’s corridor, NTE and its partners are in the third year of a five-year grant to the National Math and Science Initiative, funding an Advanced Placement Math and Science program at Haltom High School in the Birdville Independent School District.

But this partnership extends way beyond financial support: More than a dozen NTE project team members are serving as mentors to students at Haltom High School. Project engineers and executives meet monthly with students who are interested in careers in math, science or engineers.

“This is an opportunity to be able to share my experiences,” said NTE employee Jason Kerby. “Having this partnership through NTE allows me to be involved in something bigger than our project; we’re communicating with students and opening their eyes to new ideas.”

For NTE employee Matt Miller, the collaboration is an opportunity for NTE to develop personal relationships with people impacted by the $2.5 billion reconstruction project. “It’s always good to remind ourselves of where we come from,” he said. “We’e doing this project for the people.”

Progress: Openings Outpacing Closures

As the NTE project enters its fourth year of construction, the momentum is building.

“Drivers are definitely seeing a shift,” said Robert Hinkle, Director of Corporate Affairs for NTE Mobility Partners, the project developer. “We are transitioning into the final configuration of frontage roads, new main lanes, and off-ramps and on-ramps, so corridor users should be seeing many more openings than closures.”

In the first quarter of 2014, project engineers anticipate a number of major cross-streets being fully opened and operational, including Denton Highway 377, Haltom Road, Beach Street, Brown Trail, and Forest Ridge Drive. New off-ramps will open at Haltom Road, Bedford Road, Westpark Way and Industrial Blvd; new on-ramps will open at Westpark Way and Industrial Blvd.

Additionally, extensive work is now underway on the TEXpress managed lanes, along with entrances and exits. To learn more about how these lanes — part of a large managed lane network in North Texas — will function, please click here.

Construction Milestones & Upcoming Activity

The NTE project is now 79 percent completed/Here are a few recent milestones:

Setting bridge beams at IH 35W and US 287

Continued construction of new Riverside Drive bridge

Closure of eastbound off-ramp to Haltom Road/Denton Hwy 377

Opened new eastbound and westbound IH 820 frontage roads between Denton Hwy. 377 and Haltom Road

Reopened Iron Horse Blvd. over IH 820

Extended closure of Pipeline Road/Glenview Drive off-ramp from eastbound IH 820Reopened eastbound off-ramp to Murphy Drive/Westpark Way

Extended closure of Industrial Blvd. on-ramp to westbound SH 183

Upcoming activities include:

Continued construction of direct connectors between US 287 and IH 35W

Building bridge columns at IH 35W and Western Center Blvd.

Completion of new westbound IH 820 exit to Haltom Road and Beach Street bypass

Beam placement at Precinct Line

Extended closure of Norwood Drive at SH 121/183

Beam placement at Central Drive

Northeast Transportation Summit Upcoming

If you’re interested in transportation, you won’t want to miss the Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit, which will take place on Friday, February 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst.

The North Tarrant Express is once again a title sponsor and will present updates on the 13.5-mile reconstruction project. U.S. Congressman Roger Williams will be the keynote speaker for lunch; additional presentations will focus on surviving road construction, transportation funding and high-speed rail.

Tickets are $25 each. Click here for more information on the annual event or call (817) 581-3600.

Fast Facts about the NTE

Here are a few statistics to demonstrate the scope and impact of the NTE project:

2,276: number of people currently working in the corridor

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

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

38.58 million pounds: amount of rebar tied

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

360,000 cubic yards: amount of concrete poured

1.173 billion: total dollars expended to date on the project

Staying Safe in the Zone

As always, we encourage you to stay safe and alert in the work zone. With upcoming traffic shifts to new pavement and the opening of new ramps, it is important to observe the posted speed limit signs and pay close attention to directional signage and digital message boards.

To “Know Before You Go,” visit our Lane Closures page on the website.