FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 29, 2022
Contact: Scott Stier, HD 93 District Director, 512-463-0731
Region Funds a Grade Separation (Bridge) at the BNSF Crossing at Avondale-Haslet Road in Haslet
HASLET – Over the past three years, Tarrant County elected officials, Northwest ISD leadership, and BNSF Railway have convened with Texas transportation leaders to discuss alleviating a burdensome congestion issue on what has become a north Tarrant County east-west regional thoroughfare (Avondale-Haslet Road). Leaders recently committed to construct a Grade Separation (bridge) at the BNSF Crossing at Avondale-Haslet Road in Haslet. The $16 million project is jointly funded by the US Federal Government (North Central Texas Council of Governments funds) and BNSF Railway. Funding was approved this summer.
Project cost estimates are: $1 million for engineering and $15 million for project construction. Design work is expected to start in 2023, with construction to follow.
“BNSF appreciates our state, local and regional partners advancing this important infrastructure project, which will greatly improve mobility in the area,” said BNSF Railway State Government Affairs Executive Director Lindsay Mullins.
“We support the partnership to continue to bring east-west improvements to fast-growing northern Tarrant County,” said Michael Morris, NCTCOG Director of Transportation. “We are pleased with the combined efforts of TxDOT, Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Haslet, Northwest ISD, BNSF Railway and the Regional Transportation Council to advance seamless transportation improvements.”
"On behalf of the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees, the faculty and staff, and our students and families, we cannot thank this team of area and state leaders enough for taking up this challenge," commented now-past Northwest ISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren, shortly before his retirement this year. He continued: "Northwest ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state, and our mobility concerns are an ever-growing challenge in the district, especially in the targeted area around Haslet. It is amazing that these leaders came together, identified both the challenge and the solution, and have put a plan in place that will positively affect Northwest ISD families and staff for decades."
“I appreciate the coalition that Representative Matt Krause and his District Director Scott Stier brought together to address this issue. Haslet is thankful for the acknowledgment, response, and solution that will most certainly improve the quality of life and safety for all the North Texas commuters that rely on this east-west corridor. Thank you to NCTCOG, BNSF, Tarrant County, and all the stakeholders that have made this a reality,” said Haslet Mayor Gary Hulsey.
Elected officials and regional transportation leaders will seek to keep working together to review progress and ensure timely project completion.