State Highway 6 – Erath County, TX – Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Client: TxDOT Fort Worth District
Anticipate Project Cost: $1.1 million
Services: Geometric Design, Pavement Design, Survey, Storm Drain, Environmental, S&PM
Anticipated Completion Date: 2020
Location: Erath County, Texas
Jones|Carter is working alongside the TxDOT Fort Worth District to upgrade 16 miles of SH 6 in Erath County into a Texas Super 2 highway. The population of Erath County has grown by more than 10% since 2010 creating a rise in the rural traffic volumes. With the growing population in these rural areas, more pressure is put on two-lane highways like State Highway 6. Tractor-trailers and other heavy truck traffic also use SH 6 as a bypass around the congested Dallas and Fort Worth area freeways.
Research done by the Texas Transportation Institute, which is a part of the Texas A&M University System, and sponsored by TxDOT demonstrates that periodic, short-term passing lanes can improve operations on two-lane highways with moderate traffic volumes. These Super 2 highways can provide many of the same benefits of a four-lane highway at a much lower cost. Additional research from the same source states that rural roadways with an average daily traffic of less than 5,000 will gain the most benefit from an upgrade to a Super 2. SH 6 has an average daily traffic of approximately 4,000, which makes it a perfect candidate to be upgraded.
The J|C team is providing the geometric design of the intermittent passing lanes, signing and striping, and pavement design for the widened roadway segments. J|C is also reconfiguring existing drainage structures and clear zones to support the widened roadway.
The SH 6 Super 2 is currently under design with estimated completion in July, 2020. We will continue to update this information as the project moves forward. Check back with us to watch it unfold. For other exciting projects, visit our Transportation page.