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North Tarrant Express celebrates two-year anniversary

Posted Dec. 13, 2016

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TEXpress Lanes are now in place along North Loop 820 and State Highway 183 (Airport Freeway) and will be part of the I-35W reconstruction.

The North Tarrant Express corridor celebrated its two-year anniversary since becoming fully operational in 2014. The 13.3-mile project is a $2.1 billion public-private partnership investment that is providing better mobility through one of the most congested corridors in North Texas by using newer, safer design and construction and managed toll lanes for commuter traffic.

The concept of a managed lane corridor is to minimize traffic congestion by allowing drivers to choose how they get from Point A to Point B. With a minimum speed of 50 mph, TEXpress lanes provide a faster, congestion-free trip with more predictability during drivers’ commutes.

The construction company, Ferrovial Agroman’s Bluebonnet Contractors, used more than 200 local and regional subcontractors that clocked more than 8.5 million man hours to open the North Tarrant Express – on budget and nine months ahead of schedule. Teams worked 24/7 and performed hundreds of traffic shifts and thousands of lane closures.

Building the project required:

  • Adjusting or relocating about 960,845 linear feet of utilities.
  • Building more than 70 bridges.
  • Removing 5 million cubic yards of excavation.
  • Constructing 2.5 million square feet of retaining walls and 2.1 million square feet of decking.
  • Maintaining traffic flow for 200,000 cars per day.

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