Chisholm Trail Parkway

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Chisholm Trail Parkway
Southwest Parkway
Route information
Maintained by NTTA
Length27.6 mi[1][2] (44.4 km)
ExistedMay 11, 2014–present
Major junctions
South end US 67 near Cleburne
  I-20 in Fort Worth
North end I-30 / US 377 in Fort Worth
Location
CountiesJohnson, Tarrant
Highway system

Chisholm Trail Parkway is a toll road operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) in Tarrant and Johnson counties connecting the central business district of the city of Fort Worth at Interstate 30 to US 67 in Cleburne.

The parkway is a 27.6-mile (44.4 km), controlled-access, two- to six-lane divided toll road along the route of an extension of State Highway 121. Environmental clearance for the project was received in June 2005. Initial construction began in April 2010. Chisholm Trail Parkway opened to traffic on May 11, 2014.[3] The cost of the parkway was approximately $1.4 billion.

The segment of the parkway from FM 1187 to I-30 in Tarrant County was originally named Southwest Parkway. Legislation renaming that segment was passed in May 2011.[4]

Route description[edit]

The tollway starts at an interchange with US 67 in northern Cleburne, near SH 171. The first main lane toll gantry is between Sparks Road and Johnson County Road 904. At the interchange with FM 917 the tollway enters the southwestern tip of Burleson, near Joshua. FM 1902 runs parallel to the tollway from here to FM 1187. Just north of Johnson County Road 920, the Chisholm Trail Parkway crosses into Tarrant County. The interchange with FM 1187 is just to the west of Crowley. The second main lane toll gantry is near Stewart Feltz Road. Near Benbrook, the tollway has a complex stack interchange with I-20 and SH 183. The third and final main lane toll gantry is just before the University Drive exit. The Chisholm Trail Parkway ends at an interchange with I-30 near University Drive and Vickery Boulevard in Fort Worth, near TCU.

History[edit]

The Chisholm Trail Parkway was built as a collaboration between NTTA, TxDOT, NCTCOG, the cities of Cleburne, Burleson, and Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth & Western and Union Pacific Railroads.[5]

About halfway between Fort Worth and Cleburne, a mixed use development is planned to be built along the corridor. Chisholm Trail Ranch[6] will feature a movie theater and several restaurants, as well as residential areas. As part of the tollway's initial plans, Old Granbury Road was closed permanently on October 7, 2013 where it crosses the toll road and ends at a cul-de-sac.[7]

The toll road was built in stages from 2008 to early 2014. Unlike many toll roads in North Texas, the entire length of the highway opened all at once, although the portion south of FM 1187 is initially a two-lane road.

The City of Fort Worth Public Art program cooperated with the parkway to add ten monumental glass and stone columnar “Watershed Crossing Markers” in the first eight and a half miles within the Fort Worth city limits, heading north, and twelve "Trinity Water Fowls" murals on the six monuments of the East Clearfork crossing bridge.[8] The columns and monument murals, created by public artist Norie Sato, feature mosaics showing wildlife of the Trinity River watershed, utilizing images from local photographers.[9]

Most of the CTP in Fort Worth north of Interstate 20 had an unusually low speed limit of 50 MPH when it first opened to traffic in 2014. The low speed limit was enacted by the city of Fort Worth to minimize the noise levels of passing traffic as the tollway passed through or near older neighborhoods.[10] On September 1, 2016, the speed limit on the tollway between University Drive and Arborlawn Drive was raised from 50 MPH to 60 with the section between Arborlawn and Alta Mesa Boulevard being raised from 60 to 65.[11]

Exit list[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
JohnsonCleburne0.00.0 US 67 to SH 171 / Nolan River RoadAt-grade intersection with US 67 frontage roads; future interchange
0.10.16County Road 1216At-grade intersection; southern terminus of freeway
0.91.4County Road 1125Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.82.9Sparks RoadTolled northbound exit and southbound entrance
3.15.0CR 904 / Sparks Road Main Lane Gantry
3.96.3County Road 904Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance
Burleson5.99.5 FM 917 – Joshua, GodleyTolled southbound exit and northbound entrance
7.612.2County Road 913Tolled southbound exit and northbound entrance
9.715.6 FM 1902
11.819.0County Road 920Tolled northbound exit and southbound entrance
Tarrant13.221.2 FM 1187 – CrowleyTolled northbound exit and southbound entrance
Fort Worth15.324.6Stewart Feltz Main Lane Gantry
16.526.6McPherson BoulevardTolled southbound exit and northbound entrance
17.127.5Sycamore School RoadTolled southbound exit and northbound entrance
19.230.9Altamesa BoulevardTolled southbound exit and northbound entrance
20.432.8Oakmont BoulevardTolled southbound exit and northbound entrance
21.534.6 SH 183 west / Overton Ridge BoulevardNo direct southbound exit (signed at Arborlawn Drive)
22.035.4 I-20 – Abilene, DallasNo direct northbound exit to I-20 west or southbound exit to I-20 east; exit 432 on I-20
23.037.0Arborlawn DriveTolled northbound exit and southbound entrance
24.238.9Edwards Ranch RoadTolled northbound exit and southbound entrance
25.841.5Montgomery Main Lane Gantry
26.041.8Montgomery Street / Rosedale Street / University DriveNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
26.743.0 I-30 east (US 377 north) / Cherry Street / Lancaster Avenue – Dallas, Convention CenterNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; exits 12B-13 on I-30
27.944.9Forest Park BoulevardAt-grade intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chisholm Trail Parkway". NTTA. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Google (June 10, 2019). "Chisholm Trail Parkway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/05/11/5810864/slow-opening-for-chisholm-trail.html
  4. ^ Dickson, Gordon (May 13, 2011). "Fort Worth to Cleburne toll road officially to be known as Chisholm Trail Parkway, the entire 28 miles". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  5. ^ "Chisholm Trail Parkway". NTTA. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Happy trails for developers: Chisholm Trail Parkway expected to spur residential, retail growth". Fort Worth Star Telegram. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "Old Granbury Road to close at Chisholm Trail Parkway intersection Oct. 7". City of Fort Worth, TX. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  8. ^ "Public art along Chisholm Trail Parkway to be dedicated April 16". fortworthtexas.gov. City of Fort Worth. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  9. ^ "FEATURED PROJECT. . . Chisholm Trail Parkway Public Art". fwpublicart.org. Fort Worth Public Art. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  10. ^ Dickson, Gordon (August 14, 2015). "North Texas drivers don't like driving 50 mph on Chisholm Trail Parkway". Star Telegram. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  11. ^ Baker, Sandra (July 29, 2016). "Chisholm Trail Parkway speed limits go up Sept. 1". Star Telegram. Retrieved June 29, 2017.

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