Trains frequently block this Tarrant County commuter road. A bridge will change that.

A new $16 bridge over railroad tracks will alleviate “burdensome congestion” for commuters in northern Tarrant County.

The bridge will be built over three sets of BNSF tracks on Avondale-Haslet Road, an east-west thoroughfare in this fast-growing region. The site is near the intersection with Blue Mound Road.

Design work is expected to start in 2023.

Texas Rep. Matt Krause’s office said the project is the result of three years of work among elected officials in Tarrant County, Northwest ISD and BNSF Railway, along with Texas transportation leaders.

The $1 million engineering costs and $15 million construction work will be covered by federal funds through the North Central Texas Council of Governments and BNSF.

“BNSF appreciates our state, local and regional partners advancing this important infrastructure project, which will greatly improve mobility in the area,” said Lindsay Mullins, BNSF state government affairs executive director, in a statement.

Haslet Mayor Gary Hulsey said the city is grateful to the coalition assembled by Krause to find a 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.”

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