Interstate 820 Texas
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.
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
- 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
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-820 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|north Ft. Worth||127,959|
|North Richland Hills||134,104|
|southeast Ft. Worth||142,057|
Source: 2017 AADT – TxDot Statewide Planning 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
East End – Kennedale, Texas
West End – Benbrook, Texas
Historic Western Terminus – Overhill Road – Fort Worth, Texas
- Justin Cozart, email: “I-820 pre-1962 western end.” August 17, 2003.
- From Anywhere to Everywhere: The Development of the Interstate Highway System in Texas, Texas Transportation Institute, page 34.
Page updated January 30, 2019