Construction projects continue with few delays in Keller, Roanoke and north Fort Worth

Construction to reconstruct and widen the current lanes on US 377 began five years ago. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction to reconstruct and widen the current lanes on US 377 began five years ago. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Construction to reconstruct and widen the current lanes on US 377 began five years ago. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Three major road construction projects in Roanoke, Fort Worth and Keller continue to progress ahead with few delays and within their allocated budgets.

In Roanoke, the widening of US 377 is currently ahead of schedule, according to Emily McCann, Texas Department of Transportation public information officer for the Dallas District. She said crews have “completed probably 40% of the contract and only used 15% of the time.”

Remaining work includes grading to level the roadway and setting up beams to complete the portion of US 377 that goes over Business 114.

Landscape work and reconstruction of a railroad bridge to accommodate the new width of Business 114 is ongoing, McCann said. The project is expected to be done late 2023.

Nearby businesses, which are already affected by COVID-19, are being taken into consideration by TxDOT and the city.


Shawn Wilkinson, public works director for Roanoke, said incentives were put in place for that very reason. Construction updates can be found online at www.roanoketexas.com/civicalerts.

Among the biggest ongoing projects in Fort Worth is the expansion of I-35W. The project will reconstruct the four-lane highway and add two express lanes to aid with congestion.

Northbound ramps at Basswood Boulevard and Westport Parkway are currently closed, said Tommy Williamson, public relations manager for North Tarrant Infrastructure, the company overseeing the construction. Williamson said he expects both ramps to reopen within next month. A full list of up-to-date lane closures can be found on the NTI website at www.northtarrantexpress.com/laneclosuresnew.asp.

Williamson said the project remains on schedule and is anticipated to be •“substantially completed by 2023.”

In Keller, residents can expect crews to break ground on Johnson Road by spring 2021. The project will focus on reconstructing two existing lanes with curb-and-gutter upgrades. It will also turn the intersection at Johnson and Keller-Smithfield Road into a roundabout, with drainage and water line upgrades.

Keller Public Works Director Alonzo Liñán said the city expects plans to be finalized by early January 2021 and will begin accepting bids later that month.

“We’re still on [track to begin] construction in March, but [...] that will be 95% dependent on the contractor awarded the project,” he said.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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