Come spring, drivers looking to get from Hulen Street to Bryant Irvin Road will have a new option.
Arborlawn Drive will extend from the Bellaire Drive intersection to Bryant Irvin Road.
“It will be an easy way for east-west traffic to cut through,” Texas Department of Transportation mobility coordinator Scott Cooner said.
Arborlawn Drive is being built in conjunction with the new Chisholm Trail Parkway, located between Fort Worth and Cleburne.
Both projects have yet to set an opening date.
Micheal Rey, spokesperson for the North Texas Tollway Authority, said that although they do not have a specific date yet, the goal is for the new toll road to open sometime this spring.
The opening date for the Arborlawn extension depends mainly on weather.
“There’s potential it could open earlier than the Parkway,” Cooner said, “but it would make sense to open it all at the same time.”
Extension plans for Arborlawn Drive have been in the making for several years but took extensive work to make happen, Cooner said. Early construction was mostly drainage related, ridding the area of lakes and other standing water.
Road-work, which included starting on a bridge over the planned toll road, began last summer, Cooner said. Exits on either side of the Parkway will connect to Arborlawn Drive.
Kate Meiresonne, a TCU junior food management major, who lives on the west side of Bryant Irvin Road, said she hopes the new connection will reduce her commute time and stress.
“It will be a quick way to get to campus and avoid all the Hulen traffic mess,” she said.
Scott Singleton lives in the Overton Woods neighborhood near the intersection of Bellaire Drive and Arborlawn Drive. Singleton said he cannot wait for the extension to open.
“I either have to go up on Clearfork Main Street or down to I-20,” he said. “Either way, I have to go east to go west, so I’m excited for it to open."