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radDFW

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Southeast Connector Project
« on: November 15, 2020, 09:43:12 PM »

TxDOT recently released three videos showcasing animations for a project called the Southeast Connector. This project aims to reconstruct/improve several interchanges connecting I-820, I-20, and US 287 in southeast Fort Worth, as well as improving congestion by adding multiple lanes to all three freeways.

Project is to start in 2022 and complete construction in 2027. Cost is estimated to be $1.49 billion. (Source: Texas Clear Lanes)
You can read more about it here: https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/fort-worth/southeast-connector.html

A virtual public hearing was pre-recorded and uploaded to YouTube:
Personally, I'm excited for this project since I can't stand I-820 in it's current condition.

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Re: Southeast Connector Project
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2020, 10:08:52 PM »

I too Iím very excited for this project. It will be very exciting to drive it when it is complete.
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Re: Southeast Connector Project
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2020, 10:42:02 PM »

This will be an amazing section of roadway, to rival the DFW connector. I had not seen those renderings.

My only concern about the design is the 7x7 multiplex of 287 and 820. The available connecting zone is short, and I'm afraid the weave/merge could cause traffic slowdowns. Ideally I think the 287 and 820 should have been kept separate and connected with ramps to prevent the merge/weave zone. I'm thinking/hoping that the percent of traffic connecting between the two sides is low enough to prevent problems.

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Re: Southeast Connector Project
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2020, 05:48:16 PM »

Hopefully while the Southeast Connector Project is underway TX DOT will also continue upgrading US-287 between I-20 and I-45 up to Interstate standards.

US-287 is a freeway from I-20 down through Mansfield, just short of the TX-360 interchange. From there it's a mix of brief freeway segments in Midlothian, Waxahachie bracketed by segments of 4-lane road with driveways and at-grade intersections. The whole thing really needs to be 100% limited access freeway only.

I think the US-287 upgrade project in Ennis is pretty much finished, save for the fact they need to overhaul at least one or more interchange ramps at I-45. The SB US-287 to NB I-45 cloverleaf ramp is a tight 35mph rated loop. Another short freeway upgrade project just East of Midlothian is in progress. However, the way those plans looked there will still be at least 2 or 3 at grade intersections between the Midlothian freeway segment and this new one.
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Re: Southeast Connector Project
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2020, 04:57:24 AM »

2022? This was supposed to start in 2021. I guess they don't seem to think it is high enough priority to start on time? This area has wrecks daily it It would have been nice to start it on time.
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Re: Southeast Connector Project
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2020, 05:07:16 AM »

Hopefully while the Southeast Connector Project is underway TX DOT will also continue upgrading US-287 between I-20 and I-45 up to Interstate standards.

US-287 is a freeway from I-20 down through Mansfield, just short of the TX-360 interchange. From there it's a mix of brief freeway segments in Midlothian, Waxahachie bracketed by segments of 4-lane road with driveways and at-grade intersections. The whole thing really needs to be 100% limited access freeway only.

I think the US-287 upgrade project in Ennis is pretty much finished, save for the fact they need to overhaul at least one or more interchange ramps at I-45. The SB US-287 to NB I-45 cloverleaf ramp is a tight 35mph rated loop. Another short freeway upgrade project just East of Midlothian is in progress. However, the way those plans looked there will still be at least 2 or 3 at grade intersections between the Midlothian freeway segment and this new one.

It is already on the books to complete interstate grade enhancements from Arlington to Ennis. Problem is they still need to upgrade interchanges installed in the 1970s in Waxahachie. Business 287 entrance to Northbound US287 on the west side of the city is a yield on ramp with traffic going 60MPH. I drove the Arlington to Waxahachie section on Saturday they are making progress on the interchange at Walnut Grove/Plainview Road. They need to hurry up with full grade separation already getting more housing in the area and now they have what looks like a new neighborhood going in just west of the Midlothian bypass. I think before it is over with there will be a couple of signals just east of SH360. One at FM661 and another at Praire Ridge Bvld. I am surprised TXDOT did not even attempt to twin the St. Paul road interchange and keep the freeway going until right before FM661. Southbound 287 has a weird lane reduction on the TX360 overpass. Traffic must merge left on the bridge and continue on to the ramp that becomes the left land and the service road becomes the right light at St. Paul. Personally I would have installed a modern stack interchange at I35E as a part of the widening project. They have ROW to improve it having a modified clover interchange with service roads is eventually going to be an issue as population continues to grow in Ellis County. There has been discussions of modifying the elevated modified partial clover leaf in Midlothian with direct flyovers. I guess TXDOT finally realizing not including a direct connector for Northbound US67 from US287 was a bad idea. I personally have though that either closing the ramp to northbound US287 from BUS287 and making traffic turn right using the existing two-way that traffic heading for Southbound BUS287 uses as a way to eliminate that left entrance or rebuild the Sardis interchange and extend the ramp and have northbound traffic cross over and have the ramp enter from the right with a decent amount of distance to merge on.
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Re: Southeast Connector Project
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2020, 08:33:21 PM »

Fort Worth Star-Telegram trying to parrot an narrative this project is full of waste. Does the editorial staff even drive this corridor?

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article247722970.html

The project is replacing outdated interchanges and bridges that are nearing end of life but according the telegram it is waste.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2020, 09:19:01 PM by motorola870 »
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