Pay-to-drive lanes provide option for drivers to bypass traffic
GRAPEVINE — The Texas Department of Transportation will begin collecting tolls July 7 on the DFW Connector’s TEXpress lanes. The tolled lanes stretch four miles on SH 114 from just west of SH 26 to east of International Parkway, and provide an efficient alternative for drivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“Addressing congestion is a priority for TxDOT,” said TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). “The DFW Connector TEXpress lanes mark the next step in providing reliable, time-saving alternatives on a highway network that will now better serve this fast-growing North Texas region.”
The TEXpress lanes run parallel to fully reconstructed main lanes and frontage roads, and offer drivers the option to pay a variable toll. For six months, the single-occupancy passenger vehicle rate will range from 67 cents to $1 for the entire segment when using a TollTag from the North Texas Tollway Authority, a TxTAG from TxDOT or an EZ-Pass from the Harris County Toll Road Authority. TEXpress lane users without a valid electronic tag will initially pay a 50 percent surcharge. At the end of the six-month review period, tolls could fluctuate according to traffic volume and rate of speed. As congestion increases, the toll rate will increase to ensure a minimum predictable speed of 50 mph is maintained to provide drivers an option for efficient travel.
The DFW Connector TEXpress lanes are part of a $1.1 billion project that reached substantial completion at the end of 2013. The entire project consists of 8.4 miles of construction across four highways (including SH 114 and SH 121), two interchanges and more than 39 bridges. It was completed six months ahead of schedule.
The DFW Connector’s TEXpress lanes will be the second to open in North Texas. These lanes have been developed over the past several years by transportation planners at the North Central Texas Council of Governments and TxDOT, along with other industry experts. The first TEXpress lanes opened in December 2013 on a 3.2-mile segment of the LBJ Express (Interstate 635) in Dallas. Following the DFW Connector’s opening, the North Tarrant Express (SH 183 and I-820 in Fort Worth) lanes are expected to open at the end of 2014.
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