Lack of weather delays has kept construction on the Chisholm Trail Parkway on track to finish in spring of 2014.
NTTA spokesman Michael Rey said the dry weather has been key to quick work and progress.
“I know the region at large is probably not happy with the dry weather, but it does provide the best opportunity for us to work quickly,” Rey said. “We haven’t had any weather delays, and that certainly helps keep us on schedule.”
With six separate contractors working on the massive parkway that will connect downtown Fort Worth south to Cleburne, Rey said it’s amazing the project is still on time.
The progress can be seen.
“Most of the work we are doing right now has to do more with the I-30 work around University that’s getting the most attention,” Rey said. “We’re really starting to see the ramps, and the future of the project is starting to take shape and impress people.”
University Drive is not the only area where this progress can be seen. Rey said a pedestrian walkway by the new Hulen Street Bridge is projected to open within weeks.
“Hulen Street has been a step in a positive direction with the bridge,” Rey said. “They’re finishing up the safety fencing over the rail yard, and then we will open up that pedestrian walkway that’s been long looked forward to in that area.”
Despite the progress being made, Rey said no areas of the actual roadway will open until the entire Chisholm Trail Parkway is completed.
“We will open all approximately 28 miles on the same day,” Rey said. “There won’t be sections. It won’t be phased. This entire project, in six different sections, will all be tied together and will open as one gigantic project next spring.”
And spring is not too far away.
“It’s not there yet. You still have construction,” Rey said, “but it’ll be here before you know it.”