Published on January 13, 2022
The Master Thoroughfare Plan is the long-range plan for major transportation facilities in Fort Worth.
The Master Thoroughfare Plan is not targeted to a specific point in the future, but is intended to accommodate the ultimate development of the city’s thoroughfare network. It is a right-of-way preservation document, allowing the orderly development of a network necessary to support the city’s growth plans. Future thoroughfare alignments are conceptual, long-term and general in nature.
The current Master Thoroughfare Plan was adopted by the City Council on May 3, 2016, and updated on Nov. 10, 2020.
What is a thoroughfare?
In general, for the purposes of the Master Thoroughfare Plan, thoroughfares are major roads, known as arterials. These roadways are used for moderate-length to long trips and moderate to high traffic volumes, and typically connect with interstate and state highway systems. However, thoroughfares can also include shorter, moderate-volume roadways that provide important connectivity for the city, such as downtown streets, or that carry large amounts of trucks, such as industrial streets.
The vision of the Master Thoroughfare Plan is to provide a complete and connected transportation system for all users that supports mobility, healthy living and economic benefit.
This vision is supported by the three goals, each with a set of objectives. Ultimately, the Master Thoroughfare Plan attempts to balance these goals in these ways:
- Mobility. The Master Thoroughfare Plan includes a network of thoroughfares to provide citywide transportation connectivity and capacity.
- Safety. The Master Thoroughfare Plan includes street cross-sections that encourage moderate automobile speeds and provide safe accommodations for non-motorized transportation modes.
- Opportunity. The Master Thoroughfare Plan includes future transportation facilities serving planned growth areas.
The Master Thoroughfare Plan is grounded in a Complete Streets philosophy that supports all transportation users, includes appropriately sized roads, and reflects the surrounding context of each transportation facility. This includes an increased emphasis on active transportation (walking and cycling).
Photo: The Master Thoroughfare Plan aims to provide a complete and connected transportation system for all users that supports mobility, healthy living and economic benefit.
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