NTTA’s Chisholm Trail Parkway will to open to traffic May 11. The 27.6-mile toll road extends from west of Fort Worth’s business district south to U.S. 67 in Cleburne.
The toll road’s main lanes will be open; however, work will continue on direct-connector ramps at Interstates 30 and 20, and other areas adjacent to the main lanes. Other items, such as landscaping and public art, will be added to the northern eight miles after the road opens. Final touches on the NTTA’s first toll road in Johnson and Tarrant counties are expected to continue through late 2014.
Like all NTTA toll roads, the Chisholm Trail Parkway is an all-electronic tolling facility. Also known as cashless tolling, an all-ETC facility has only electronic toll booths where drivers pay via an NTTA TollTag or receive a bill in the mail as a ZipCash user. A TollTag is the least expensive and most convenient way to travel on the Chisholm Trail Parkway and area toll roads. ZipCash users, the NTTA’s pay-by-mail customers, pay 50 percent more for tolls to reflect the higher cost of collection. The $20 Starter TollTag is available for infrequent toll road drivers.
Motorists traveling along the parkway will notice a modern zigzag motif and southwest buff color on the walls of the Chisholm Trail Parkway which pay homage to the Texas and Pacific rail station in downtown Fort Worth. In addition, large-scale mosaic tile murals will be featured on six columns or monuments of the Chisholm Trail.
In April, the NTTA Board of Directors approved the following interim speed limits for various sections of the Parkway:
- Downtown Fort Worth to north of State Highway 183: 50 miles per hour
- SH 183 to Altamesa Boulevard: 60 mph
- Altamesa Boulevard to U.S. 67 in Cleburne: 70 mph
Once the road opens and traffic stabilizes, a speed study will be conducted to determine the final speed limits.
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Celebrate on the Road Before it Opens!
The Run and Ride the Chisholm Trail Parkway on May 10 is an once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the road up close before it opens to traffic and also to learn more about the Chisholm Trail at a local museum.
The all-day event features family-friendly activities, including a half-marathon, 5K and 1 mile kids’ fun run, and for cyclists, bike rides of 12, 33 and 48 miles. Learn how you and the family can participate.
Proceeds from the events will benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Johnson County and CASA of Tarrant County. CASA volunteers are trained to be advocates for children who have been abused and neglected and are under the protection of the court system. Discover CASA of Tarrant County and CASA of Johnson County.
To contact the Chisholm Trail Parkway opening events committee, please email CTPevents2014@gmail.com or call 817-377-0326.