DALLAS (June 11, 2014) – The second phase of the LBJ Express project, which also includes 3.6-miles of TEXpress Lanes is set to open Saturday July, 12, nearly nine months earlier than anticipated.
This opening section includes Interstate Highway 635 from Josey Lane to Interstate Highway 35E south of the Loop 12 split, and north to I-35E before Valley View Lane. (map attached)
The section to open July 12 offers two elevated managed toll lanes, also known as TEXpress Lanes, per direction and includes new frontage road sections. The TEXpress Lanes and frontage roads, which are maintained and operated by LBJ Infrastructure Group, provide drivers with another opportunity to experience the concept designed to provide convenience, flexibility and improve mobility in the DFW Metroplex.
“This segment will be critical for drivers who want to bypass the surface lane congestion at I-35E and offers them a more reliable connection from the LBJ Express to Irving, Dallas Love Field, the Medical District, Oak Lawn and more,” said Dia Kuykendall, director of corporate affairs for LBJ Infrastructure Group.
Managed toll lanes were developed over the past several years by transportation planners at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), along with leading industry experts. By 2018, there will be at least six managed lane facilities operating in North Texas. The goal is to create a network of TEXpress Lanes within existing freeway corridors, thereby providing better mobility to North Texans.
The first phase of the LBJ Express project, I-635, just east of Preston Road to Greenville Avenue, opened for operation in December 2013. This portion of the project will transition to fluctuating, congestion management tolling on Thursday, June 12. This tolling model uses electronic sensors throughout the corridor to measure congestion every five minutes and electronically recalibrate the toll rates as congestion increases. The toll rate will vary to help manage traffic flow in an effort to maintain a speed of at least 50 mph, and help drivers plan their commutes. On the portion which began operations in December, more than 522,000 unique customers have used this 3.2-mile segment of the LBJ TEXpress Lanes.
Drivers of high occupancy vehicles (HOV) with a valid TollTag, TxTAG or EZ TAG, are eligible to receive a 50 percent discount on all TEXpress Lanes (DFW Connector, now open and the North Tarrant Express, opening in 2014) during peak period hours when they activate their trips. HOV discounts can be obtained by downloading the Drive On TEXpress app and pre-registering at www.DriveOnTEXpress.com.
Beginning Thursday, single occupant vehicle drivers can see how rates fluctuate over each 24-hour period within a week, or to plan future trips on the LBJ TEXpress Lanes by using the average pricing chart at www.LBJTEXpress.com. The chart provides average rates for each day of the week, hour and travel period based upon the most recent historical data.
The LBJ Express project began construction in spring 2011 and the $2.7 billion project is scheduled to be complete by December 2015.
LBJ Infrastructure Group
LBJ Infrastructure Group (LBJIG) is led by Cintra US, a world leader in private-sector development of transportation infrastructure, and Meridiam Infrastructure, a global public-private partnership investor and developer of public facilities. LBJIG also includes the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. The contractor for the project is Trinity Infrastructure, a collaboration between Ferrovial Agroman and Texas-based Webber. The LBJIG firms together employ more than 2,000 Texans and will integrate more than 100 other Texas companies and their employees into the project.