TxDOT 820 Project Plans

TXDOT Maps and Meetings

TxDOT is conducting a study to update the preliminary design and environmental assessment for proposed improvements for the interchange at I-820, I-20 and US 287 called the Southeast Connector.  The ultimate project is estimated at more than $1 billion. The study limits of the project are:

    I-20 from Forest Hill Drive to Park Springs Boulevard

    I-820 from I-20 to Brentwood Stair Road

    US 287 from Bishop Street to Sublett Road

The study goals and objectives are to improve mobility and safety and provide transportation options for travelers through the area. Proposed improvements to be evaluated through the study will include additional main lanes, bi-directional or reversible barrier separated express or managed lanes, entrance and exit ramp adjustments, frontage road intersection improvements, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Public meetings and a public hearing will be conducted to collect input on the project.  Information collected during the public meetings and hearing will be used to develop safe transportation solutions that minimize impacts to the community.

TXDOT held its informational, come and go meeting at Dunbar High School on Thursday, July 19, 2018. For the hour I was there, I counted over 100 neighbors talking to TXDOT engineers and representatives. Huge maps and a large multi-table "flyover map" provided visuals for citizens to view and ask questions. A LOT of questions were being asked.

Any and all comments, complaints suggestions must be made IN WRITING in order for them to be recorded and considered. Use the official form below to type your comments, print and mail or save and send via email.

 

PDF TxDOT Comments form

 

For anyone who uses the Brentwood Stair entrance ramp to get on South 820: the plan ELIMINATES the Brentwood Stair 820 entrance ramp AND the Meadowbrook entrance ramp by Taco Bell. A new 820 entrance ramp will be located closer to Greenlee street, about where the pedestrian bridge is now.

The map has all the Brentwood Stair south traffic going south on the service road to the Meadowbrook intersection and light, and entering southbound 820 at the NEW entrance by by GREENLEE street.

With the current light signal timing, that could be up to 5 minutes waiting at the light, blocking the entrance to the apartment complex. NO Brentwood Stair entrance ramp will prevent Medstar Ambulances or other emergency vehicles from entering the freewayeasily. the Ambulance will get caught in the backup at meadowbrook, and will have to navigate the service road traffic for over a mile to enter 820. the adccident map shows we have a LOT of accidents in this part of 820.

 

Accident Heat Map

 

For Meadowbrook area: Northbound 820 Meadowbrook entrance is ELIMINATED. Traffic will enter 820 north of Brentwood Stair where the current ramp is located.

I informed the engineer that eliminating that Meadowbrook on-ramp will make it impossible to get on 820 at Meadowbrook to take the flyovers to East or West I-30. His response was drivers wanting to enter I-30 will have to turn left on Brentwood Stair and right on Bridgewood (at the Whataburger) to use the 1-30 ramps on Bridgewood.

The walking bridge that leads to the Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center will also be ELIMINATED. An engineer told me it is because "no one uses it." I asked how that information was measured, he did not know.

Craig Street will remain over 820. Current drawings show it being made wider. It "could" be designed to have a bike path and sidewalks for easier access to the rec center area, but there would have to be public demand for that to be included.

Further down the road, where 820 and 287 join, the plan show widening of 820 to 3 or 4 lanes plus a 2 lane service road. Additional fly over ramps are created to make entering the combined road "easier".

From southbound 287, the exit to Sun Valley will be at the Village Creek  exit before the two roads join, and  traffic will use the service road to get to Sun Valley. The current 820 Sun Valley exit will be eliminated.

According to the handout, TXDOT collected data and did studies from 2017 to 2018.

Spring of 2018 was the Multi-Modal Alternative Solution Exploration and Analyses.

July 19 was the meeting.

 

 NOW is the time for all good citizens to get involved and write your commments, complaints, suggestions and submit them to TXDOT.  We only have 15 days to get the comments in! Deadline is August 3.

The next phase is the Prepare Preliminary Design & Environmental Assessment thru the winter of 2019. Another public hearing is scheduled for the Winter of 2019, with construction to begin in 2020.

 

"Written comments from the public are requested and may be submitted for a period of 15 calendar days after the July 19, 2018 public meeting. Written comments may be submitted either in person at the public meeting, by mail, or by email. Comments must be postmarked on or before Friday, August 3, 2018 to be included in the public Meeting Summary."

 Information collected during the public meetings and hearing will be used to develop safe transportation solutions that minimize impacts to the community."

 

Downloads

    Powerpoint Presentation

    Project Timeline

   Map of Project Area

    July 19, 2018 Meeting Notice - English

    July 19, 2018 Meeting Notice - Spanish

    July 19, 2018 Meeting Location Map - English

    July 19, 2018 Meeting Location Map - Spanish

 

www.txdot.gov   Search for "Southeast Connector" or use this link.

email: SoutheastConnector@txdot.gov

817.370.6807  
(fyi: phone calls and verbal comments made at the meeting will not be recorded or included in the survey results! It has to be in writing!)

 

Mail:

Curtis Loftis, P.E.

TxDOT Project Manager

Southeast Connector

TxDOT Fort Worth District

2501 S.W. Loop 820

Fort Worth, TX 76133

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The photos of the maps that I took, and the photos Lloyd took are on an additional page. Click HERE for the photos.

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Student artwork fills downtown bus shelters

 

Brian, a student at Young Men's Leadership Academy, was a grand prize winner in the Middle School-High School category.

Downtown bus shelters have a new bright look.

As you visit, shop or work in downtown, stop by a Trinity Metro bus shelter on Ninth, Houston and Throckmorton streets to view the winners of the Expressions That Move You Art Contest. The contest is a long-running partnership between Trinity Metro and the Fort Worth Independent School District’s after-school program designed to educate children about public transportation and encourage them to turn what they have learned into art.

Artwork was received from 34 schools, and eight winners were chosen from 66 submissions.

With the support of Downtown Fort Worth Inc., all the winning art is now displayed in downtown bus shelters through Labor Day. Winning students also have their artwork displayed onboard Trinity Metro buses.

The Garden Market Bistro & Potter's House host Open House

The owner of a new café and farmer's market in the Woodhaven neighborhood is aiming to make a big impact—as he works to make healthy options available in a neighborhood that qualifies as a food desert.

Robert Sonnen, founder of The Garden Market Bistro, 1280 Woodhaven Blvd., opened the small, concept restaurant in a the Potter's House church center earlier this year, with the premise that everyone deserves access to healthy options.

The Blue Zone approved restaurant serves scratch-made, organic lunches and dinners and offers a farmer's market with fresh locally grown produce.

Sonnen is also working with area schools to develop gardening efforts. He hopes to develop land around Woodhaven Plaza (where The Garden Market & Bistro is located) into a workable farm, and envisions additional wellness-related businesses moving to the shopping center.

Sonnen has partnered with the Montisorri School up the street to purchase all the vegetables they grow in their school garden. He plans to have the children sell their excess produce at the  garden market, teaching the children business and entrepeneurial skills in the process.

Blue Zones Project, a community-led well-being improvement movement, partnered with Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration to support the venture, as part of a Healthy Corner Stores initiative that is working to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the city.

The Garden Market & Bistro, a Blue Zones Project Approved restaurant, is located alongside The Potter’s House of Fort Worth ministry, a Blue Zones Project Participating faith-based organization. Potter's House had games and activities for the youth, various organizations had tables with handouts, contests and small prizes with community related information. The Bistro held cooking demonstrations, and served dinner in the restaurant.

(This was a lot more fun than the town hall meeting!)

 

City proposes entry fees to make the Botanic Garden a more satisfying place to visit in the future

Updated June 28, 2018

Construction on the garden started in 1933.

City staff has proposed entry fees for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden that would help improve the visitor experience, develop excellent public programs and implement key components of the master plan for the 85-year-old garden.

The proposed fee schedule still must receive recommendations from the Botanic Garden Task Force and the Park & Recreation Advisory Board. Then residents will have several opportunities to speak out on the fees during public meetings. Finally, the City Council must vote to approve the fees.

A strategic plan completed in 2016 recommended a single point of entry for the garden, which would improve visitor services, orientation and information. The plan also called for replacing the current admission structure — which requires visitors to pay for some features but not others — with a single general admission fee.

City staff recommended charging $10 for adult admission, $5 for children 6-12 and $8 for senior citizens. Annual memberships would also be offered for families and individuals.

If approved, the fees would go into effect in the summer of 2019.

A single general admission would distribute fees more fairly across all users and provide a base for an annual membership program and a fundraising program. Similar admission fees at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge and other major botanic gardens across the country have been shown to dramatically improve the physical spaces and the programs at these cultural assets.

The admission fee is intended to help defray more than $15 million in deferred maintenance at the garden and also position the city to work with fundraisers in the philanthropic community to improve programming and features at the garden. Officials expect the fee to help ensure the garden’s financial sustainability into the future without placing a great burden on Fort Worth taxpayers.

The task force is looking at numerous options to make the gardens accessible to low-income residents.

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