DALLAS (July 16, 2014) – The second phase of the LBJ Express project will open today at 7:30 p.m. The 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). This phase features two elevated TEXpress Lanes in each direction and new frontage roads for convenience and increased mobility.
LBJ TEXpress Lanes (Cross-Section: I-35E from I-635 to I-35E/Loop 12 Split)
With this evening’s opening, drivers will get their first chance to bypass surface lane congestion on I-35E and have a faster, more reliable connection from LBJ Express to destinations such as Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas Medical District, Oak Lawn, Irving and more. The opening rates, as long as congestion does not impede traffic flow, will vary between $0.65 and $1.65 for this 3.6-mile segment.
“This phase is commencing service nine months earlier than projected,” said Dia Kuykendall, Director of Corporate Affairs for LBJ Infrastructure Group, the project’s developer. “This is another opportunity for drivers to experience the concept designed to provide convenience, flexibility and improve mobility in the D-FW Metroplex.”
Phase 1 of the LBJ Express project, consisting of four TEXpress Lanes on I-635 from, Preston Road to Greenville Avenue, opened for service in December. Since then, more than 522,000 drivers have enjoyed the benefits of congestion management tolling.
Managed toll lanes (branded as TEXpress Lanes) were developed over the past several years by transportation planners at the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), along with leading industry experts.
The LBJ Express project is operated and maintained by LBJ Infrastructure Group through a public-private partnership with TxDOT. “This project allows the State of Texas to leverage a $490 million investment into $2.7 billion in infrastructure improvements,” said David Laney, Chairman of the Board of Directors for LBJ Infrastructure Group. “This is the new era of congestion management and we are the first to bring it to North Texas.”
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 (including DFW Connector) during peak hours when they pre-activate their trips. HOV discounts can be obtained by downloading the Drive On TEXpress app and pre-registering at www.DriveOnTEXpress.com.
Learn more at www.LBJTEXpress.com.
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 2,200 Texans and will integrate more than 100 other Texas companies and their employees into the project.