Fort Worth Roundabout Project First of its Kind

John Dewar

Freese and Nichols completed work on a project to build the first diamond interchange roundabouts in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The project, which was completed in three months, is part of a key partnership between the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Our team, led by Project Manager Chris Bosco, helped prepare plans and obtain a construction permit from TxDOT for the fast-tracked project, which created two roundabout intersections at the diamond interchange of Harmon Road and US 287. The project aims to improve intersection capacity at Harmon and US 287 during an upcoming IH-35W construction phase.

Starting in May, the City of Fort Worth, TxDOT and the Freese and Nichols project team held weekly meetings to expedite the design and permitting process during the construction phase. In true design-build form, our team prepared a grading and paving plan so construction could begin immediately, while we worked to gather permits for pavement marking, signage, island details, and lighting plans.

As promised with the help of all partners, both roundabouts were opened for traffic on Wednesday, August 6. In the coming weeks the City will finalize construction with permanent signage, permanent islands and installation of street lights.