LBJ Express FAQs - LBJ Express Project Overview

When LBJ Freeway opened in 1969, it was designed to hold about 180,000 vehicles per day. Traffic counts in 2008 put that number at 270,000 vehicles per day. Based on today's traffic count, by 2020 demand will increase to 500,000 vehicles per day traveling this roadway.

To accommodate the increased traffic, the total 17-mile LBJ Express project incorporates dramatic improvements to I-635 and I-35E in Dallas County. This innovative project features rebuilt general highway lanes, a continuous frontage road system, and 13.3 miles of TEXpress Lanes.

Drivers have the choice of driving on the same number of main general highway lanes at no cost or opting to pay to drive on the new TEXpress Lanes. Motorists who choose to use TEXpress Lanes can expect a reliable, predictable trip through this frequently-congested corridor.

The LBJ Express improvements were designed, financed and built by the LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC (LBJIG), which was selected by the Texas Transportation Commission after a rigorous, competitive public bidding process. In addition, LBJIG is responsible for operations and maintenance of the 17-mile LBJ Express, including its frontage roads, bridges and general highway lanes, and 13.3 miles of tolled LBJ TEXpress Lanes. 

No. The 635 East project, which consists of HOV lanes on I-635 / LBJ Freeway, is managed by the Texas Department of Transportation. It begins at the eastern boundary of the LBJ Express project, near US 75, and extends to I-30.

*Starting April 27, 2020, initial construction began on the TxDOT 635 East Project. As part of this construction, the 635 HOV/Express Lanes (from US 75 to I-30) will close until the end of the project in late 2024. At that time, they will re-open as Managed Toll (TEXpress) Lanes. 

 

The LBJ Infrastructure Group provided roughly four-fifths of the total financing for the project, or approximately $2.21 billion of the total $2.7 billion needed. The LBJ Express, including the frontage roads, bridges, general highway lanes and TEXpress Lanes, is anticipated to cost $800 million to operate and maintain during the course of its 52-year lease to LBJ Infrastructure Group under the Comprehensive Development Agreement with the State of Texas. Such operation and maintenance costs is the sole responsibility of the LBJ Infrastructure Group. The innovative public-private partnership enables taxpayers to leverage $490 million in public funds to receive more than four times the value in infrastructure enhancements and traffic relief.

In partnership with local communities and the State of Texas, the LBJ Infrastructure Group (LBJIG) is committed to developing and operating the safest, most advanced and reliable roadway for North Texas drivers. LBJIG and its consultants employed more than 2,000 Texans during the construction of the project and have a long-term commitment to the state of Texas. The LBJIG project also integrated more than 100 additional Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas companies and their employees in a variety of capacities. Our goal is to work constructively with all participants such as our neighbors, friends and associates.

The LBJ Express Project has completely rebuilt the frontage roads and general highway lanes to current federal and state highway standards, with wider lanes and shoulders on each side.

In addition, the project has added 13.3 miles of TEXpress Lanes which are separate from the free general highway lanes and utilize their own entrance and exit ramps. Prior to entering each of the three tolling segments on the LBJ TEXpress Lanes, signage provides drivers with advance notice of the pricing for that particular segment.

No, the 635 East Express/HOV Lanes, which run from US 75 to I-30, are not part of the LBJ Express project nor are they an extension of the LBJ TEXpress Lanes managed by LBJ Infrastructure Group. The 635 East Express/HOV Lanes are operated and managed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

*Starting April 27, 2020, initial construction began on the TxDOT 635 East Project. As part of this construction, the 635 HOV/Express Lanes (from US 75 to I-30) will close until the end of the project in late 2024. At that time, they will re-open as Managed Toll (TEXpress) Lanes.