Interstate 820 Texas

I-820 Texas
History
East End
West End

Overview

Part of the Fort Worth beltway, Interstate 820 (Jim Wright Freeway) wraps around the west, north, and east sides of the city. The southern portion of the beltway consists of Interstate 20. Also, U.S. 287 ties into the Interstate briefly along the southeast quadrant of the beltway. When originally conceived, Interstate 820 was planned to be routed over the entire beltway. However, this plan was based on the idea that Interstate 20 would run along the path currently occupied by Interstate 30 via the now-defunct Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike. Once Interstate 20 was rerouted to a new alignment south of the city centers of Dallas and Fort Worth, Interstate 820 was truncated to include only 270 degrees of the beltway.

History

Interstate 820 around Fort Worth was initially planned as a complete beltway, as IH 20 was proposed to follow the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike. The initial route utilized SH 183 along Southwest Boulevard north to U.S. 377. This changed in 1962.1

Fort Worth – 1969 Texas Official State Map
Interstate 820 incorporated a section of State Loop 820, which is today part of SH 183. The freeway loop was eventually extended further west.

Route Information

  • East End – Kennedale, TX
  • West End – Benbrook, TX

  • Mileage – 35.17

  • Cities – Benbrook, Fort Worth, White Settlement, Lake Worth, Sansom Park, Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills

  • JunctionsI-20 I-30 I-35W

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-820 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Location Vehicles per day
Benbrook 67,459
White Settlement 114,778
Lake Worth 104,946
north Ft. Worth 127,959
North Richland Hills 134,104
Hurst 163,293
Richland Hills 93,764
southeast Ft. Worth 142,057

Source: 2017 AADT – TxDot Statewide Planning Map

Interstate 820 at FM 1220 (Azle Avenue) in the city of Lake Worth, Texas. Photo taken 10/19/03.
The completed belt route of Interstate 820 – 1986 Official Texas State Map

IH 20 was eventually realigned to overlap with IH 820 across the south side of Fort Worth. When IH 30 was relocated to the Turnpike in 1978, IH 820 was truncated to cover three of the four “sides” of the beltway.2

Highway Guides

East End I-20 US 287 – Kennedale, Texas

Perspective from Interstate 20 west & U.S. 287 north
Heading west from Arlington, U.S. 287 north briefly combines with IH 20 west to IH 820 north. The freeway passes just south of Lake Arlington and north of Kennedale on this stretch. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (08/17/03).
Exit 442B departs IH 20 west for IH 820 & U.S. 287 north. IH 820 travels west of Lake Arlington through east Fort Worth to Richland Hills. U.S. 287 branches northwest form nearby along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freeway en route to Downtown Fort Worth. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (08/17/03).

West End I-20 – Benbrook, Texas

Perspective from Interstate 20 west
One half mile ahead of the IH 20 westbound partition with IH 820 north. Three lanes join the beltway north toward White Settlement while IH 20 reduces to two for rural departure from the Fort Worth metropolitan area. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (08/02).
U.S. 377 crosses paths with IH 20 just south of the IH 820 western terminus. A c/d roadway runs along the westbound lanes of IH 20, providing access to both freeways from U.S. 377. Abilene lies 138 miles from this point. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (08/02).
Perspective from Interstate 20 east
Interstate 20 east enters the semi directional T interchange with IH 820 north at Exit 428. IH 20 overtakes the beltway east through Benbrook. Photo taken by Robert Lee (06/02/06).

Historic Western Terminus – Overhill Road – Fort Worth, Texas

Perspective from Interstate 20 west
Approaching the split with SH 183 (Southwest Boulevard) on Interstate 20 westbound. Both of these routes were originally Interstate 820, with SH 183 representing the original alignment for the Fort Worth loop. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (08/17/03).
SH 183 (Southwest Boulevard) north at Vickery Boulevard. The freeway transitions into an at-grade arterial just ahead. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (08/17/03).
An on-ramp from Vickery Boulevard merges onto SH 183 north at the freeway end. The signalized intersection with Overhill Road is next. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (08/17/03).

Sources:

  1. Justin Cozart, email: “I-820 pre-1962 western end.” August 17, 2003.
  2. From Anywhere to Everywhere: The Development of the Interstate Highway System in Texas, Texas Transportation Institute, page 34. http://tti.tamu.edu/interstate_anniversary/white_paper/

Page updated January 30, 2019