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#1 elpingüino

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:56 PM

Here is the new plan for the East Loop 820 and Hwy 121 Expansion.

From Randol Mill north to Trinity Blvd, 820 will add three free lanes in each direction (five total, from two currently).

From Trinity north to the 820/183/121 split, it will add one free lane and one toll lane in each direction.

The last mile or so of Hwy 121 before it merges with 820 will also get a toll lane in each direction.

There will be a open house this Thursday. http://www.txdot.gov...rth/100517.html

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 07:03 PM

What about the only two lanes in each direction from 20 to just south of 30  :-\


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 09:06 PM

And so, it begins... 


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 03:26 AM

What about the only two lanes in each direction from 20 to just south of 30  :-\

 

I know TxDOT has plans for rebuilding that segment, but it is a lower priority as the traffic there isn't as bad.  That said, that freeway does need improvements, given the outdated geometrics.  In order to stay on 820 entering southbound from Meadowbrook, you have to jump over 2 lanes within the space of 1/4 mile or so.  And there is no acceleration lane at all getting on northbound at Craig Street.  I used to frequent that area and would avoid the Craig Street onramp due to its dangerous configuration.

 

Also, something has to be done about that bottleneck going west on 820 from the 121/183 on-ramp where 4 lanes merge into 2.  Ultimately a third free lane will be added from 35W to the 121/183 interchange as stipulated in the contract with the company operating the Texpress Lanes.  But I'd personally like to see a westbound third lane added now from the Holiday Lane offramp to the Texpress Lanes entrance ramp at Rufe Snow (where the left lane would have to enter the express lanes, with the right two free lanes continuing on).

And as for the segment from Randol Mill to 183 in Hurst, here's what will be built initially.


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#5 elpingüino

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:48 PM

What about the only two lanes in each direction from 20 to just south of 30  :-\


That section of 820 (most of it) is part of a separate project called the Southeast Connector. There are details in the powerpoint on this page.

http://www.txdot.gov...-connector.html

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:54 PM

Long overdue.  Thanks for the info.


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