Client Texas Department of Transportation - Fort Worth

State Highway 121/183 Advance Planning

Fort Worth, TX

LAN prepared design schematics and environmental assessments and conducted public involvement for SH 121/183 (Airport Freeway) in Tarrant County from IH-820 to SH 161 as part of North Tarrant Express Project.

The 12-mile highway included 14 two-level interchanges and two four-level interchanges. Level of service studies were performed for the widening of the heavily traveled urban freeway from six lanes, to six general purpose lanes with four managed toll lanes. Geometric design for the reconstruction of all interchanges was included, in addition to a preliminary construction sequencing plan.

LAN incorporated value engineering accepted recommendations into the preliminary schematic, saving significant construction costs. LAN also proposed unique managed lane elevated sections to reduce impacts to adjacent businesses. The proposed road section alternatives were evaluated for environmental impacts versus construction costs using GIS modeling technology.

At a glance

12-mile project

200,000 cars a day use Airport Freeway

Project passes through 5 cities: North Richland Hills, Hurst, Bedford, Euless, Fort Worth

16 total interchanges

$2.1 billion total project cost

October 2014 completion date, 9 months ahead of schedule


2/3 private funds, 1/3 public used to fund public-private partnership

Managed toll "TEXpress" lanes use variable rates to maintain 50 mph traffic flow

NTE goal is to double capacity from downtown Ft. Worth to DFW Airport



Planning & Modeling

Transportation Services


was the year SH 183 opened

1,000,308 is the population of cities SH 121/183 passes through