Funding sought for Jacksboro Highway improvements

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.
State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

Some survivors of serious accidents and a group of elected officials in Northwest Tarrant County including State Rep. Charlie Geren and the Mayor of Lake Worth  will make a plea to the Texas Department of Transportation for a share of $1.3 billion being made available to ease traffic congestion.
The group will make the case that a stretch of Texas 199, better known as Jacksboro Highway, deserves the $56.5 million that has been sought for a plan that would build bridges for traffic to cross over the road and eliminate traffic signals along a stretch of the road between Nine Mile Bridge Road in Lakeside and Hangar Cutoff Road in Azle.
Daily traffic count numbers provided by the North Central Texas Council of Governments show that traffic on certain stretches of Texas 199 are as heavily traveled as the most congested highways in Texas. A stretch of the road just north of the Lake Worth Bridge saw 41,064 vehicles in one day in 2013.
Later this month the Texas Transportation Commission will vote to approve 14 projects totaling $1.3 billion. Two of those projects are in Dallas County and three are in Tarrant County.
The project would be part of the state’s Congestion Initiative Funding, focused on the state’s four largest metropolitan areas and projects that can be finished on an “accelerated pace.”

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