Chisholm Trail Parkway ramps up for May opening

Special to the Current

Chisholm Trail Parkway construction crews are doubling their efforts from Cleburne north to Interstate 30 in Fort Worth as the road opening in May draws closer.

Construction of the remaining project sections is underway. The entire CTP project is anticipated to open to traffic in May.

Fresh concrete paving was placed near Don Lee Road on the Chisholm Trail Parkway in Johnson County. Photo courtesy NTTA

Fresh concrete paving was placed near Don Lee Road on the Chisholm Trail Parkway in Johnson County. Photo courtesy NTTA

In Tarrant County, crews recently poured concrete for the bridge decks on the southbound Trinity River bridge between Edwards Ranch Road and Arborlawn Drive. In the same area, they also poured the gantry columns on the main lanes and started pouring for ramp gantry columns. Crews also began painting girders northbound on the Trinity River bridge.

The parkway is a 27.6-mile toll road that will extend from Tarrant County to Johnson County, starting from Fort Worth’s central business district at Interstate 30 and continuing to U.S. 67 in Cleburne. The NTTA began initial construction in April 2010.

Glen Rose and Somervell County are among the areas expected to benefit from the parkway’s opening since the toll road will cut the commute time between Cleburne and Fort Worth. That could attract more residents to the area who work in Fort Worth but prefer to live and raise families in a smaller community, as well as spur economic development.

Organizations in Tarrant and Johnson counties are planning special events for the public to commemorate the opening. All events will be family-oriented activities.

842“Run and Ride the Chisholm Trail Parkway” activities will include cycling and running activities. For runners, a half-marathon, 5K and 1 mile kids’ fun run are being organized. For cyclists, bike rides of 12, 30 and 50 miles are being planned. Tentative plans include a celebration and concert in Cleburne at Buddy Stewart Park on U.S. Highway 67 at the southern end of the CTP.

While complete details are still being finalized, the community-led opening events team has a website with all the details. 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.

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