There are also plans to remove the old I-820 southbound bridges crossing the Trinity River floodplain and prepare for shifting traffic to new pavement.
Two significant traffic shifts are now in effect:
- Northbound I-820 main lanes approaching Randol Mill Road have shifted to the right, crossing under Randol Mill Road onto new permanent pavement and continuing on new bridges across the Trinity River floodplain. This major traffic shift allows the contractor to remove the old bridges across the Trinity River. After bridge demolition, the contractor will continue building the interior of the permanent bridges and pavement connections between the new bridges.
- Southbound State Highway 121 main lanes between State Highway 10 and Handley-Ederville Road have shifted left onto temporary pavement. This major shift allows the contractor to build the new Highway 121 main lane permanent pavement and the new I-820 southbound bridge crossing over 121.
As part of the Texas Clear Lanes initiative focused on improving mobility throughout the state, the I-820 East Loop project was begun by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in July 2018. The work is part of a $3.8 billion congestion relief initiative started by Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature to reduce gridlock in some of the state’s most congested areas.
Project improvements will reconstruct the existing roadway and access ramps, build additional lanes in each direction, replace the Trinity River bridge, and create new direct connectors to and from State Highway 121.