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Interstate 820 (I-820) is a loop of Interstate 20 in Fort Worth, Texas of approximately 35.17 miles (56.60 km) around the city and some of its suburbs. Exit numbers begin at its intersection with I-20 in southwest Fort Worth, and continue in a clockwise direction around the city until it ends at its intersection with I-20 in southeast Fort Worth. A portion of I-820 in the northeast quadrant is co-signed with State Highway 121 as well as State Highway 183. The northwest segment of the loop is officially designated as the Jim Wright Freeway after former United States House Speaker Jim Wright. However, the name is not commonly used, the colloquial reference by the general public is "Loop 820", or simply just 820.

Interstate 820 marker

Interstate 820
I-820 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-20
Maintained by TxDOT
Length35.173 mi[1] (56.605 km)
ExistedOctober 1, 1959[1]–present
Major junctions
West end I-20 in Fort Worth
 
East end I-20 in Fort Worth
Location
CountiesTarrant
Highway system
I-635SH 824

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Route descriptionEdit

I-820 begins in the southwestern Fort Worth at an interchange with I-20. It heads north from this interchange to a junction with Spur 580 before reaching I-30 at a stack interchange. Continuing to the north, the Interstate begins to turn to the northeast as it approaches Lake Worth. It passes near Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth as it passes over Lake Worth. I-820 passes through the city of Lake Worth briefly with junctions at SH 199 and FM 1220 before reentering Fort Worth city limits. Continuing to the northeast, a junction with U.S. Route 287 Business provides access to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. At an interchange with FM 156 in the city of Saginaw, I-820 begins to head towards the east. Continuing east, I-820 has a junction with I-35W at a stack interchange. The freeway enters the city limits of Haltom City at North Beach Street and has an interchange with US 377 before entering North Richland Hills. As it passes through North Richland Hills, the freeway turns towards the southeast briefly before turning back towards the east at SH 26. As it enters Hurst the freeway has an interchange with a concurrent SH 121 and State Highway 183. I-820 begins to head south after the interchange, now running concurrently with SH 121 and SH 183. At an interchange with SH 10, SH 183 leaves the concurrency to the west. At the next exit, SH 121 leaves I-820 towards the southwest. Continuing towards the South, I-820 leaves Hurst and reenters the Fort Worth city limits. Heading south through eastern Fort Worth, I-820 has a second junction with I-30, also at a stack interchange. After the interchange, the freeway continues south to a junction at SH 180 near Lake Arlington. I-820 begins to follow the western shore of Lake Arlington to an interchange with US 287. I-820 and US 287 both continue to the south to an interchange with I-20 at the end of I-820.[2]

HistoryEdit

The highway was first conceived in 1949 as a beltway around Fort Worth. It was originally designated from I-20 (now I-30) southeast, east, north, and west to I-35W. On April 18, 1963, I-820 was designated to use existing Loop 217 from SH 121 & SH 183 to Hulen Street, while the section of Loop 217 from Hulen Street to US 377 was designated as Loop 820. On September 1, 1965, another section of Loop 820 from I-20 north and east to I-35W was designated. This section of Loop 820 from I-20 north and east to I-35W became part of I-820 on January 21, 1969, making I-820 a full loop. The first section to open ran from McCart Avenue to US 377 at a cost of $11 million. On May 13, 1977, the remainder of Loop 820 became part of an extended SH 183. The southern leg of the loop was re-designated as I-20 on December 2, 1971 and finished construction in 1982, completing a continuous loop around Fort Worth.[3] Despite no longer being officially designated as I-820 on the southern arc (which is officially part of I-20), it is still unofficially referred to as Loop 820 for business purposes.

The loop is often considered the most congested road in North Texas, with the interchanges at Rufe Snow Drive, Holiday Lane and Denton Highway (US 377) being named the first, second and third worst, respectively, in 2010.[4]

FutureEdit

I-820 is currently in the process of undergoing a massive reconstruction project between I-35W and SH 121/SH 183 known as the North Tarrant Express. The project was supposed to add additional lanes, add high occupancy toll lanes, add continuous frontage roads, and reconstruct the interchange with I-35W and various other interchanges. However, this plan was modified. The North Tarrant Express began construction in October 2010[5] and was completed in June 2015.[6]

Exit listEdit

The entire route is in Tarrant County.

LocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Fort Worth0.000.001  I-20 – Dallas, AbileneSouthbound exit and northbound entrance, western terminus; exit 1 is for 20 west; I-20 exit 428
0.831.341ATeam Ranch Roadsouthbound exit and northbound entrance
2.013.231BChapin Roadno direct southbound exit (signed at exit 2)
2.453.942  Spur 580 (Camp Bowie West Boulevard)Former US 80
3.395.463  I-30 – Weatherford, Downtown Fort WorthSplit into exits 3A (west) and 3B (east); I-30 exits 5A-B westbound, 5B-C eastbound
3.796.103CWestpoint Boulevard / Alemeda Streetsouthbound exit and northbound entrance
4.978.004White Settlement Road
5.348.595AClifford Street
5.929.535BSilver Creek Road
6.6710.736Las Vegas Trail / Heron Drive
7.35–
7.83
11.83–
12.60
Bridge over Lake Worth
7.95–
8.59
12.79–
13.82
8Navajo Trail / Cahoba Drive
9.5315.349Quebec Streetno direct westbound exit (signed at exit 10A)
Fort WorthLake Worth line10.0916.2410A  SH 199 (Jacksboro Highway)
Lake Worth10.5717.0110B  FM 1220 (Azle Avenue)no direct eastbound exit (signed at exit 10A)
Fort Worth12.41–
12.81
19.97–
20.62
12Marine Creek Parkway / Old Decatur RoadSigned as exits 12A (Marine Creek Parkway) and 12B (Old Decatur Road) westbound
13.8822.3413   
  Bus. US 287 (Main Street) – Saginaw
14.1922.8414Railhead RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
SaginawFort Worth line15.1224.3315  FM 156 (Blue Mound Road)
Fort Worth16.4226.4316CMark IV Parkway
16.9127.2116   I-35W / US 287 – Denton, Downtown Fort WorthSigned as exits 16A (north) and 16B (south); left exit westbound; I-35W exits 57A-B
     I-820 Express east to SH 26 / SH 121 / SH 183 – DFW Airporteastbound exit and westbound entrance
17.6328.3717North Riverside DriveWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Haltom City18.20–
19.00
29.29–
30.58
18Haltom Road / North Beach Street
19.7331.7519  US 377 (Denton Highway)no direct eastbound exit (signed at exit 18)
North Richland Hills20.4832.9620AIron Horse Boulevard / Meadow Lakes DriveWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
   I-820 Express west to I-35Wwestbound exit and eastbound entrance
21.2134.1320BRufe Snow Drivesigned as exit 20 eastbound
21.8535.1621Holiday Laneno direct eastbound exit (signed at exit 20)
22.6736.4822A    SH 26 / FM 1938 north / Bedford-Euless Road – Colleyville, TCC Northeast Campussigned as exit 22B northbound, access to North Hills Hospital
Hurst23.21–
23.45
37.35–
37.74
22B   SH 121 north / SH 183 east – DFW Airport, Dallasnorth end of SH 121 / SH 183 overlap; signed as exit 22A northbound
23A    SH 121 Express north / SH 183 Express east to FM 157northbound exit and southbound entrance
23.7738.2523  Pipeline Road / Glenview DriveAccess to North Hills Hospital
24.8439.9824A   SH 10 east / SH 183 west – Richland Hillssouth end of SH 183 overlap; signed as exit 24 northbound
25.0440.3024B  SH 121 south – Downtown Fort Worthsouth end of SH 121 overlap; no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 24)
Fort Worth25.6341.2525Trinity Boulevard
26.9843.4226Randol Mill Road
27.8144.7627John T. White Road / Bridge Street
28.2745.5028A  I-30 – Dallas, Downtown Fort WorthSigned as exits 28A (east) and 28B (west) southbound; I-30 exit 21A eastbound, 21B-C westbound
28.6546.1128BBrentwood Stair Roadsigned as exit 28C southbound
29.3347.2029Meadowbrook Drive
29.9448.1830ACraig Streetno direct northbound exit (signed with SH 180)
30.1448.5130B  SH 180 (Lancaster Avenue)Former US 80/signed as exit 30A northbound
30.5049.0830B  Spur 303 (Rosedale Street)no direct southbound exit (signed with SH 180)
31.1350.1030CRamey Avenue
32.0751.6131East Berry Street
32.8752.9032Wilbarger Streetno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 33B); no southbound entrance
33.28–
33.37
53.56–
53.70
33A  US 287 north – Downtown Fort Worthnorth end of US 287 overlap
33.5053.9133BMartin Street / Wilbarger StreetNo southbound exit
34.1955.0233CSun Valley Drive
34.9156.1834A   I-20 east / US 287 south – Waxahachie, DallasLeft exit; southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of US 287 overlap
  I-20 west – AbileneSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; eastern terminus; I-20 exit 442B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Interstate Highway No. 820". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 27, 2008.
  2. ^ Google (February 24, 2008). "Overview Map of I-820" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
  3. ^ Staff. "I-820 Timeline". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Tomaso, Bruce (February 24, 2010). "Fort Worth's Loop 820 tops list of region's worst". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "North Tarrant Express". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff. "Project Timeline for the North Tarrant Express (NTE) Project". North Tarrant Express. Retrieved April 25, 2014.

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