Traffic snarls as Chapel Creek bridge reconstruction delayed

chapel creek bridge

In late 2012 the Fort Worth City Council approved approximately $564,000 for the design phase of the Chapel Creek Bridge crossing I-30. Construction was supposed to begin as early as the Fall of 2013, but at a recent meeting between city leaders and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), discussion was that the start date is looking more like the summer of 2015.

Commuters in the area are well aware of the importance of the bridge widening after years of having to sit in traffic that’s backed up for nearly half-a-mile each morning as drivers head to work and school. The reconstruction should improve traffic flow, operations, safety, and mobility for drivers.

An updated rendition of the bridge describes it as a four-lane structure with two turn lanes, wide sidewalks, handicap accessible ramps, upgraded traffic signals and streetlights, and frontage road improvements. There will also be a west bound to east bound U-turn lane bridge.

The City’s 2008 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) included partial funding for this project with TxDOT in the amount of $1,650,059.00 to widen the Chapel Creek Bridge over Interstate Highway 30. Funding for this Agreement inclueded the amount of $309,016.00 in City funds (or 19 percent of the total). The balance is being provided by Federal and State Funds.