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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Iron Horse Boulevard Improvements

Roadway construction equipment on Iron Horse Blvd

Text Ironhorse to 888777 to receive lane closure and construction updates via text message.

Starting Monday, Feb. 12, traffic will shift to the newly constructed concrete pavement on Iron Horse Boulevard from Browning Drive to just west of Rufe Snow Drive (Carlisle Court). Traffic will continue to be one lane in each direction. The contractor will begin working on the northern two lanes of Iron Horse Boulevard where they will be reconstructing the asphalt pavement with new reinforced concrete pavement, as well as the addition of sidewalk in missing locations. 

December 29, 2023 Update

Contractors have closed Richmond Drive  on the north side of Iron Horse Boulevard for paving. Katie Drive has been reopened, allowing residents on Cambridge Drive access to and from their neighborhood. 

December 18, 2023 Update

This week, the contractor for the Iron Horse Boulevard East project will shift traffic to the newly constructed concrete pavement on two sections of the construction corridor. The first section will be from the railroad crossing to just west of Liberty Way (starting on Monday). The second section will be from just south of the Firestone driveway to Rufe Snow Drive (starting on Wednesday). Traffic on Iron Horse Boulevard will remain 1-lane, 1-way, westbound only between the railroad crossing and Rufe Snow Drive. Please slow down and be mindful of traffic control devices and construction signs in this area.

September 8, 2023 Update

Iron Horse Boulevard will be reduced to one lane, westbound only, between Rufe Snow Drive and York Street starting Monday, Sept. 11. Eastbound motorists will need to use an alternate route such as Mid Cities Boulevard. The eastbound closure will allow contractors to conduct paving operations, while providing better safety for workers and motorists. The paving work is estimated to take 6 to 7 months to complete. Please slow down and watch for workers in this area.

August 15, 2023 Update

Iron Horse Boulevard has reopened to traffic in both directions from Rufe Snow Drive east to Katie Drive. 

July 27, 2023 Update

Iron Horse Blvd Closure: RUFE SNOW DRIVE to KATIE DRIVE
All lanes of Iron Horse Blvd will be closed from Rufe Snow Drive east to Katie Drive starting Friday, July 28, and continuing for about two weeks. During this closure, the contractor will be connecting newly constructed underground storm drains to an existing outfall system, moving sanitary sewer line, and constructing a segment of permanent pavement. If you travel this section of Iron Horse, please plan ahead to use an alternate route. Traffic will be detoured via Rufe Snow Drive and Holiday Lane.

July 14, 2023 Update

Iron Horse Blvd reopened: LIBERTY WAY to YORK STREET
The underground storm drain connection is complete. Iron Horse Boulevard has reopened to traffic in both directions between Liberty Way and York Street. 

July 7, 2023 Updates

If you travel on Iron Horse Boulevard, here are 2 important construction updates that will begin the week of July 10.

Iron Horse Blvd Road Closure: LIBERTY WAY to YORK STREET
All lanes of Iron Horse Blvd will be closed between Liberty Way and York Street starting Monday, July 10 and continuing for about two weeks. This closure is necessary for the contractor to connect the new underground storm drainage system on the west side of Iron Horse Boulevard to the existing outfall system on the east side of Iron Horse Boulevard. Motorists will need to use an alternate route, such as Rufe Snow Drive or Holiday Lane.  

Iron Horse Blvd Lane closures: BROWNING to RUFE SNOW
Construction work begins Monday, July 10 on Iron Horse Boulevard between Browning Drive and Rufe Snow Drive. Traffic on this section of Iron Horse will be reduced to one lane in each direction while the existing asphalt roadway is reconstructed with reinforced concrete pavement. During the first phase of the project, the southern half of the roadway will be closed, shifting traffic to the northern lanes. Please slow down and watch for workers if you travel in this area and consider taking an alternate route when possible. 

The reconstruction of Iron Horse Boulevard is part of the 2020 Street Bond Program.

May 18, 2023 Post

Construction Contract Awarded for Iron Horse Boulevard West Project

At their May 17, 2023 meeting, the City Council approved a contract with XIT Paving and Construction, Inc., for construction of the Iron Horse Boulevard West Project. This project will reconstruct Iron Horse from Rufe Snow Drive to Browning Drive. The existing 4-lane roadway will be replaced with reinforced concrete pavement and sidewalks will be added where currently missing.  Work is expected to begin this summer. This is one of 27 street reconstruction projects funded by the 2020 Street Bond Program. Text Ironhorse to 888777 to receive lane closure and construction updates. 

April 12, 2023 Post
Iron Horse Boulevard East improvements begin with groundbreaking ceremony

On April 11, 2023, the City of North Richland Hills celebrated the start of the Iron Horse Boulevard East reconstruction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at Prestige Ameritech, the nation’s largest medical mask manufacturer and one of the city's major employers. A $4.2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is funding most of the project, reducing the local dollars needed to reconstruct the street. This grant was the largest amount awarded by the EDA across the 16-county North Central Texas region. 

Speakers for the groundbreaking included Mayor Oscar Trevino, Mike Eastland, Executive Director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and Jorge Ayala, Regional Director for the EDA. Dan Reese, President of Prestige Ameritech, also shared about the company’s long history on Iron Horse Boulevard and their rise to become the nation’s largest producer of medical masks. View the event video below. 

Others in attendance were members of the NRH City Council, Stacey Webb, North Central Texas and Oklahoma Representative for the EDA, Janie Havel from Office of the Governor - Economic Development, Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes and City staff. 

The Iron Horse reconstruction project spans from York Street to Rufe Snow Drive, replacing the current deteriorated asphalt with reinforced concrete pavement. This section of Iron Hose will go from a narrow four-lane (12-feet per lane) road with a center turn lane, to a wider two-lane (16-feet per lane) road with a raised median that has openings and left turn bays at several locations. The project is expected to last approximately 14 months, depending on the weather. The City will also reconstruct Iron Horse between Rufe Snow Drive and Browning Drive starting later this year with funding from the 2020 Street Bond Program. 

Text Ironhorse to 888777 to receive updates about the reconstruction of Iron Horse Boulevard. 

For more information about the project, please visit www.nrhtx.com/IronHorse

City and EDA officials shoveling dirt


April 7, 2023 Post

Iron Horse Boulevard East improvements to begin with groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 11.

The City of North Richland Hills will celebrate the start of the Iron Horse Boulevard reconstruction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11. The event will take place at Prestige Ameritech located at 7201 Iron Horse Boulevard. 

This necessary project spans approximately ¾ mile from Rufe Snow Drive to York Street, replacing the current deteriorated asphalt road with reinforced concrete with raised medians and left turn bays.

Much of the project is being funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), a federal agency. In 2021, the CARES Act provided the EDA with $1.5 billion toward community economic development programs to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. A citizen led committee determined it was necessary to reconstruct Iron Horse Boulevard given its poor condition, as it also surrounds Prestige Ameritech, the largest domestic medical mask manufacturer and  essential business that is critical to the nation’s health, safety and welfare. 

After a highly competitive review, the City was awarded $4.2 million to fund 80% of the reconstruction of Iron Horse Boulevard, the largest amount awarded by the EDA across north central Texas and a significant savings to local taxpayers. The project is expected to last for approximately 14 months, depending on weather conditions.

“We can’t thank the Economic Development Administration enough for their support, guidance, and trust in the City of North Richland Hills with these grant funds," said Mayor Oscar Trevino. " While it supports the infrastructure surrounding an essential local business, it also reduces the local dollars needed to reconstruct the street.”

For more information about the project, please visit www.nrhtx.com/IronHorse

The city will also reconstruct Iron Horse Bouelvard from Rufe Snow Drive to Browning Drive starting later this year. Text IRONHORSE to 888777 to receive updates about the reconstruction of Iron Horse Boulevard.

January 24, 2023 Update

Construction Contract Awarded for Iron Horse Blvd East Project

At their January 23, 2023 meeting, the City Council approved a contract with The Fain Group, Inc., for the reconstruction of Iron Horse Boulevard East.  This project will include replacing the existing roadway with reinforced concrete pavement from Rufe Snow Drive to York Street and adding sidewalks where they are currently missing. Based on the Vision 2030 Transportation Plan recommendation, the bulk of the roadway will be reconfigured to a wide two-lane configuration with a raised median. The Iron Horse Boulevard improvements are being funded by the 2020 Street Bond Program, along with a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The contract will be forwarded to the EDA for their review and approval. Once they have signed off on it, a construction start date will be determined. We will provide an update on the construction timeline as soon as it is available. 

Engineering design work is wrapping up on the Iron Horse Boulevard West Project, from Rufe Snow Drive to Browning Drive. The city will seek construction bids for that project later this year. 

April 8, 2022 Post

Iron Horse Blvd Projects Enter Engineering Design Phase

At their March 28 meeting, the City Council approved a professional services agreement for engineering design services with Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, LLC, for design of the Iron Horse Boulevard West Reconstruction Project. This project will reconstruct Iron Horse from Rufe Snow Drive to Browning Drive. The existing roadway will be replaced with reinforced concrete pavement and sidewalks will be added. Following the engineering design work, the city will seek construction bids in 2023.

Plans are also underway for improving Iron Horse Boulevard east of Rufe Snow Drive. Halff Associates was hired in September for engineering design services for the eastern segment of Iron Horse. The City anticipates going out for construction bids on this segment later this year. The project includes replacing the existing roadway with reinforced concrete pavement from Rufe Snow Drive to York Street and adding sidewalks where they are currently missing. Based on the Vision 2030 Transportation Plan recommendation, the bulk of the roadway will be reduced to a two-lane configuration with a raised median. The Iron Horse Boulevard improvements are being funded by the 2020 Street Bond Program, along with a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Visit our Street Improvements Page for information about other upcoming street projects. 

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