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Old 02-23-2009, 09:43 PM
 
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How long would that take at peak traffic, for example, from the corner of N. Tarrant Pkwy and 377?
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:51 PM
 
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i would say about 45 to an hour at peak of course (6 am). not sure though. this is only my guess.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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30-45minutes. (Ithink PEAK is more at 7:30-8am) traffic seems pretty light around 6am.
It get really conjested where 820 and 35 merge and then again down near the Belknap exit. you can take Beach st into Belknap etc.. to avoid 35 etc... many ways to get in. But really it's not that bad. 820 is a joke it bottlenecks at all times during the day etc.
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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820 is not a joke--it is dangerous and when the project to improve it gets started no one should consider using it...
are you using 377--that is tedious--lots of traffic lights and people really speed at times on that street like it is a freeway...
I would think 45 min would be a good call--depending on time/weather...
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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maybe you miss read me.

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820 is not a joke
my meaning was that considering it is the MAJOR freeway that cicles the Ft Worth area and it goes down to 2 lanes etc... is a joke, as in a HORRIBLE engineering plan. yes, it's very dangerous both at the 35w bottleneck and then again near the NE mall where it quickly goes from 5 lanes (3 merging freeways) down to 2 in about 1/4 mile.

When it was first built it should have been at LEAST 3 continious lanes, there is plenty of space etc... but for some reason this area in general has extremely BAD traffic/road construction engineers. The 114/121 boondockle. I could go on and on....
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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The 820 issue goes back years and years and years when none of the connecting cities would agree or work together to make it better. Unless the state/federal agency actually steps in and puts up the money, which they have been trying to get done forever now, it still won't be improved.

Anyone who has lived here for the duration knows exactly how to get around town without ever getting on 820. haha

I've got a cousin who works downtown Fort Worth and makes it to NRH north up Rufe Snow in about 30 minutes at the afternoon rush hour. And that counts the time it takes to get to her car from her work. She stays far away from the freeways....

ETA...ironically, on the star telegram site just now there is a story about the stimulus and how it could indirectly affect this very subject...from the article http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1222623.html (broken link)
"Also, a third Tarrant County project — reconstruction of the I-35W/North Loop 820 interchange in north Fort Worth — stands to benefit indirectly. If state and local officials succeed in obtaining stimulus funding for the Southwest Parkway/I-20 project, about $250 million in gas tax funds previously committed to that project could be transferred to I-35W/Loop 820."

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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too many businesses have built too close to where the freeway would have to be widened--NE Mall would lose half its parking lot...cities won't agree to that...killing tax revenue

and I agree--I can get anywhere I want w/o using 820 in any direction--but the west and south are not that bad--I don't understand why all those people wind up sitting in their cars on north 820 and why there are not more serious accidents on it really...
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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NE mall already was affected by the work they did on that intersection many years ago when that whole area was redone. This round wouldn't do anything to that area of 820.

The area that is really in need of expansion starts about in front of Huggins Honda and the Movies 8/Rooms to Go center and extends west past I35.

The other part is east 820 from Hwy 10/121/183 south to probably 287 or so.

Many businesses along the route know what's coming if the expansion ever gets going and most of them have it in their plans.

I remember a family owned service/gas station right off Grapevine Hwy at the 820/183 intersection (back in the days when they still had full service) that just up and closed one day any without notice. Everyone in the neighborhood went there and they knew most of those people by name. There was tons of speculation after the shock rippled through. It sat vacant for almost 5 years before being demolished to make way for the the freeway expansion at that time. Only at that time did the family finally tell people that they had been bought out by the state for this expansion with a very lucrative deal (including payments until the expansion actually began) and part of the deal was they close and not tell anyone. That was a long term deal they had going on without anyone knowing.....
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:27 PM
 
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Thank you all!
Look like I need some adjustment about my schedule. My current commute time to work is only about 5 minutes. But it seems that I can only buy a house in the Watauga area, if balancing all my requirements of safety, budget, distance to work, and school zone.
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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I would take 377 all the way to Belknap. When I lived in the Park Glen area and worked downtown...I took Beach Street to Belknap, and it only took about 25-30 mins.
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