Weatherford Democrat

December 7, 2012

I-20 project in Willow Park will last into 2013

Brian Smith
CNHI

WILLOW PARK — A project two years in the making should have Willow Park drivers seeing construction for the first part of 2013, but it will be well worth it in the end.

Work on a 2.16 mile long freeway ramp connecting Farm-to-Market Road 5 with westbound Interstate 20 began earlier this month with funds from the Texas Department of Transportation. The $2.03 million project is expected to be completed sometime in the summer of 2013, according to Val Lopez, public information officer with the Fort Worth District of TxDOT.

Lopez said the project, which involves the relocation of exit ramps between FM 5 and Ranch House Road, has been in the planning stages for about two years with TxDOT, Parker County and the city of Willow Park all working together. While two years may seem like a long time for a road project, Lopez says it’s all a matter of “dotting i’s and crossing t’s.”

“The building of the highway, or any highway, represents a major capital investment,” Lopez said. “(The timeframe) is completely normal when it comes to road construction. We wanted to make sure all the funding was available. We had to do some environmental work as well to make sure everything was in line before we started.”

While construction is going on, only one lane will be worked on at a time by Jay Mills Contracting of Stephenville, which has done a lot of road construction work in the area, including the ongoing South Main Street project in Weatherford. Lopez said because of the lack of traffic being affected, work will go on throughout the first half of 2013 and shouldn’t cause any traffic delays