Researchers estimate that 91.5% of large infrastructure projects finish late and over budget. The changes made to Texas 170 by the Texas Department of Transportation are no exception.
Planners expected to wrap up $99 million overhaul in the booming Alliance corridor by February 2023. A year later, highway workers continue to make changes to the six-mile stretch, which stretches from Interstate 35W to the far north from Fort Worth to Texas 114 in Roanoke.
“Weather permitting, the new main lanes should open to traffic as soon as this month,” TxDOT spokesperson Val Lopez wrote in an email. “The remainder of the works until early summer will include works on the border road, other small works and landscaping.”
Improvements began in September 2020. The renovated highway will include four new lanes and five new bridges to connect them. State officials presented these changes as a way to adapt to “territorial development and associated population and employment growth.”
Originally built in 1992, Texas 170 passes through a landscape now populated with ranches, warehouses and new neighborhoods straddling the border between Tarrant and Denton counties.
The highway also connects key nodes in the region’s commercial network. Fort Worth Alliance Perot Field Airport, located on the west end of the highway, is one of busiest cargo airports in the country, hosting regional freight hubs for Amazon and FedEx. At the other end of the highway, where Texas 170 and Texas 114 converge, is Charles Schwab World Headquarters.