The original NTE project began in 2010 after being the first transportation Public-Private Partnership (P3) approved by the Texas Legislature in 2009. The NTE is a major east-west corridor that crosses Northeast Tarrant County and connects all cities between Fort Worth and Irving on I-820 (North Loop) and SH 183 (Airport Freeway). When it opened fully in 2014, the NTE project almost doubled capacity in the corridor and added contiguous frontage roads and a new bridge across I-820 at Riverside Drive.

The contract between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Cintra called for capacity improvements to be made to the 13-mile NTE corridor once traffic activity reached a certain level. The Average Daily Traffic (ADT) has exceeded traffic projections eight years sooner than anticipated and now TxDOT has approved the beginning of construction to expand the corridor. The Capacity Improvement Project will add a (free) general-purpose lane in each direction along the North Loop of I-820 and a (tolled) managed lane in each direction along Airport Freeway (SH 183). The project will also adjust some of the ramps and connectors, as well as the pedestrian bridge in Hurst.

The Capacity Improvement Project will cost $414 million; toll revenues collected on the NTE TEXpress Lanes will fully fund the project. No TxDOT funds or public money will be used for the construction. Early activities, including installing construction barriers and striping lanes, will begin in late 2023 with full construction underway in mid-2024. Most of the construction activities will be undertaken overnight to minimize disruption to users. The project is scheduled to take 42 months, with completion anticipated in early 2027.

As with the original corridor constructed, the North Tarrant Express is owned by TxDOT, but NTE Mobility Partners provides 24/7 operations and maintenance for the corridor (general purpose and managed lanes) including all ramps and bridges.

Update as of June 2024 – Speed limit reduction

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved a speed limit reduction along the North Tarrant Capacity Improvement Project limits (I-820 and SH 121/183 from Riverside Dr. to Industrial Blvd.) which will remain in effect until construction is completed.
    • 65 mph on the managed lanes (reduced from 75 mph)
    • 55 mph on the general purpose lanes (reduced from 65 mph)

 

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North Tarrant Express Capacity Improvements Progress Update June 2024

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Working on the NTE Project / Bid Opportunities

The North Tarrant Express project is being designed and built by North Tarrant Infrastructure, LLC (NTI), a Joint Venture between Ferrovial Agroman and WW Webber Construction. The NTI team will utilize several industry-specific, local and diverse contractors and consultants throughout every phase of this project.  The North Tarrant Express project team is committed to supporting Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) throughout the life of the project. The NTI project has a 6% DBE participation goal.

Potential Contracting Opportunities

The following are some of the potential opportunities that may be available on this project:

  • ACQUISITION OF UTILITIES EASEMENTS
  • AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONSULTING
  • ASBESTOS ABATEMENT
  • ASBESTOS AND LEAD ABATEMENT
  • ASBESTOS AND LEAD-BASED PAINT INSPECTION
  • ASPHALT
  • ASPHALT MILLING
  • BRICK PAVERS
  • BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
  • BRIDGE DEMOLITION
  • BRIDGE PAINTING
  • CONCRETE PAVING
  • CONCRETE PUMPING
  • CONCRETE RIP RAP
  • CRUSHED CONCRETE AND STONE
  • DEMOLITION
  • DRAINAGE
  • EARTHWORK AND SITE PREPARATION
  • ELECTRICAL LIGHTING AND ILLUMINATION
  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING SERVICES
  • ENVIRONMENTAL JOINT SITE INSPECTION
  • EROSION CONTROL
  • EXCAVATION
  • FENCING
  • FUEL SUPPLY
  • FURNISH & INSTALL CONCRETE BARRIER & RAIL ELEMENTS
  • FURNISH AGGREGATES
  • FURNISH OF PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS
  • FURNISH PRESTRESSED PRECAST CONCRETE BEAMS
  • FURNISH WELDED WIRE WALLS
  • GENERAL PURPOSE LANE CONSTRUCTION
  • GUARDRAILS AND END TREATMENTS
  • ILLUMINATION
  • INSTALLATION OF RETAINING WALLS
  • ITS
  • LANDSCAPE
  • MATERIAL TESTING / QUALITY CONTROL
  • MISCELLANEOUS CONCRETE WORK
  • MSE WALL INSTALLATION
  • NOISE WALL SITE PREPARATION
  • NOISE WALLS
  • PAVING DEMOLITION
  • PERMANENT SIGNALIZATION
  • PORTABLE CONCRETE BARRIERS
  • PROJECT MAINTENANCE (MOWING, SWEEPING)
  • QUALITY INSPECTION SERVICES
  • REBAR SUBCONTRACTOR
  • SAW AND SEAL (CONCRETE)
  • SIGNAGE
  • STEEL STRUCTURES
  • STRIPING & PAVEMENT MARKINGS
  • STRUCTURAL STEEL ERECTION
  • SURFACE FINISHING FOR CONCRETE
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELOCATION
  • TEMPORARY BARRIER PLACEMENT
  • TEMPORARY SIGNALIZATION
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL MATERIALS (BARRICADES)
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL SERVICES
  • TREE REMOVAL
  • TRUCKING
  • UTILITIES
  • UTILITY DESIGN COORDINATION
  • UTILITY FIELD INSPECTION
  • UTILITY RELOCATION
  • WELDING, NDT, BOLT AND COATINGS INSPECTION
  • WORK ZONE PAVEMENT MARKINGS

Contract Diversity Compliance

If you have On-the-Job Training (OJT) or DBE compliance questions contact us at NTIDiversity@ferrovial.us

If you have certified payroll compliance questions contact us at NTILaborCompliance@ferrovial.us

If you are not a DBE certified firm and want more information, contact the NCTRCA at www.nctrca.org or 817-640-0606 to obtain information about the DBE certification process.