|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length:||35.173 mi (56.605 km)|
|Existed:||October 1, 1959 – present|
SH 121 / SH 183
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 820.
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.
The highway was first conceived in 1949 as a beltway around Fort Worth. The first section to open ran from McCart Avenue to US 377 at a cost of $11 million. The southern leg of the loop was re-designated as I-20 in 1972 and finished construction in 1982, completing a continuous loop around Fort Worth.
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.
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 will add additional lanes, add high occupancy toll lanes, add continuous frontage roads, and reconstruct the interchange with I-35W and various other interchanges. The North Tarrant Express began construction in October 2010 and is expected to be completed in June 2015, but is on track to be done by the end of 2014.
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The entire route is in Tarrant County.
|Fort Worth||0.00||0.00||0||I‑20 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway) – Dallas, Abilene||Split into exits 0A (east) and 0B (west)|
|1A||Team Ranch Road|
|1B||Chapin Road||Southbound exit is via exit 2|
|2||Spur 580 (Camp Bowie Boulevard West)|
|I‑30 (West Freeway) – Weatherford, Downtown Fort Worth||Split into exits 3A (west) and 3B (east)|
|3C||Westpoint Boulevard, Alemeda Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|4||White Settlement Road|
|5B||Silver Creek Road|
|6||Las Vegas Trail, Heron Drive|
|Crossing over Lake Worth|
|8||Navajo Trail, Cajoba Drive|
|9||Quebec Street||Westbound exit is part of exit 10A|
|Fort Worth-Lake Worth||10A||SH 199 (Jacksboro Highway) – Lake Worth|
|Lake Worth||10B||FM 1220 (Azle Avenue) – Sansom Park||Eastbound exit is part of exit 10A|
|Fort Worth||12||Marine Creek Parkway, Old Decatur Road||Signed as exits 12A (Marine Creek Parkway) and 12B (Old Decatur Road) westbound|
Bus. US 287 (Main Street) – Saginaw, Meacham Airport
|14||Railhead Road||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Fort Worth-Saginaw||15||FM 156 (Blue Mound Road) – Blue Mound, Bureau of Printing and Engraving|
|Fort Worth||16C||Mark IV Parkway|
|I‑35W / US 287 (North Freeway) – Denton, Downtown Fort Worth, Wichita Falls||Signed as exits 16A (north) and 16B (south)|
|17A||Frontage Road||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Fort Worth-Haltom City||17B||North Beach Street|
|Haltom City||18||Haltom Road|
|19||US 377 (Denton Highway) – Haltom City, Watauga|
|North Richland Hills||20A||Meadow Lakes Drive, Industrial Park Boulevard||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|20B||Rufe Snow Drive|
|22A||SH 26 (Boulevard 26) / FM 1938 north (Davis Boulevard) / Bedford-Euless Road – Colleyville||To Tarrant County College Northeast Campus|
|Hurst||22B||SH 121 north / SH 183 east (Airport Freeway) – D/FW Airport, Dallas||West end of SH 121/SH 183 overlap|
|23||Pipeline Road, Glenview Drive|
|24A||SH 10 east (Hurst Boulevard) / SH 183 west (Baker Boulevard) – Richland Hills||East end of SH 183 overlap; signed as exit 24 westbound|
|24B||SH 121 south (Airport Freeway) – Downtown Fort Worth||East end of SH 121 overlap; westbound exit is via a U-turn at exit 24|
|Fort Worth||25||Trinity Boulevard|
|26||Randol Mill Road|
|27||John T. White Road, Bridge Street|
|28||I‑30 (East Freeway, Tom Landry Highway) – Dallas, Downtown Fort Worth||Signed as exits 28A (east) and 28B (west)|
|28C||Brentwood Stair Road|
|SH 180 (Lancaster Avenue) – Arlington||Part of exit 30B westbound and 30A eastbound|
|30B||Spur 303 (Rosedale Street) – Pantego, Dalworthington Gardens|
|32||Wilbarger Street||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|33A||US 287 north (Martin Luther King, Jr. Freeway) – Downtown Fort Worth||West end of US 287 overlap|
|33B||Martin Street, Wilbarger Street||No eastbound exit|
|33C||Sun Valley Drive|
|35.173||56.605||34||I‑20 / US 287 south (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway) – Waxahachie, Dallas, Abilene||Eastern terminus; east end of US 287 overlap; split into exits 34A (east) and 34B (west)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Interstate Highway No. 820". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 27, 2008.
- Google Inc. "Overview Map of I-820". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=12646548308625962506,32.687703,-97.465293%3B17170384886961160368,32.666250,-97.241400&saddr=I-820+N+%4032.687703,+-97.465293&daddr=32.839212,-97.293549+to:I-820+S+%4032.666250,+-97.241400&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=11&via=1&sll=32.754365,-97.26265&sspn=0.331466,0.752563&ie=UTF8&ll=32.753788,-97.305222&spn=0.331468,0.752563&z=11. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
- Staff. "I-820 Timeline". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Tomaso, Bruce (February 24, 2010). "Fort Worth's Loop 820 tops list of region's worst". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Staff. "About the North Tarrant Express (NTE) Project". North Tarrant Express. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Staff. "North Tarrant Express". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Staff. "Project Timeline for the North Tarrant Express (NTE) Project". North Tarrant Express. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Dickson, Gordon (February 21, 2014). "North Tarrant Express to be finished by end of year". Fort Worth Star Telegram. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
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