Driving Forward: The Impactful Journey of State Highway 170

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has made significant strides in improving the transportation infrastructure of the Lone Star State. One such project is the construction of main lanes and operational improvements along State Highway 170, stretching from Interstate 35 West to State Highway 114. This approximately six-mile stretch lies within the City of Fort Worth and the Town of Westlake in Tarrant and Denton Counties, Texas.

These improvements were necessitated due to land development and the associated population and employment growth that has been on an upward trajectory since the frontage roads were first constructed in 1992.


Enhancing Connectivity

The project involved constructing four main lanes (two in each direction) from I-35W to SH 114. Additionally, ramps were constructed to bypass intersections at existing cross streets at the following locations:

  • Old Denton Road
  • Beach Street
  • Park Vista Boulevard
  • Independence Parkway
  • US 377

These improvements have resulted in grade-separated intersections at these locations, enhancing the flow of traffic and reducing congestion. To further enhance safety, the project also involved the removal of crossings at Alta Vista Road, Haslet Roanoke Road, and Roanoke Road.


Steering Infrastructure Development

Since the end of 2020, Freese and Nichols, on behalf of the TxDOT North Tarrant County Area Office, has provided construction management and inspection services for all facets of the SH 170 project. The project was officially opened to traffic in early March of 2024, marking a significant milestone in the state’s infrastructure development. 

The Power of Collaboration

The successful completion of the project was made possible by a dedicated team comprising Freese and Nichols as the Prime, 12 sub-consultant partners, the TxDOT North Tarrant County Area Office management team, and Zachry Construction Corporation as the Prime Contractor. The collective efforts of this team have resulted in a project that not only addresses current needs but also anticipates future growth.