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New lanes on I-35W open months ahead of schedule

Posted April 5, 2018

Traffic on I-35 at sunset
10.1 miles of new TEXpress lanes from downtown Fort Worth to US 287 will increase the capacity of the highway, reduce traffic congestion and give drivers more control over the daily commute.

As progress continues on the North Tarrant Express 35W project, NTE Mobility Partners announced the early opening of a major section of the highway corridor extending from Northside Drive to the IH 820/I-35W interchange.

This 35W project, which began in May 2014, includes complete reconstruction of frontage roads, general highway lanes and the addition of two managed TEXpress lanes in each direction. The final section of the North Tarrant Express 35W project from Northside Drive south to I-30 is on schedule to open later this year.

The new highway corridor consists of new ramps improving accessibility with additional connections to and from the general highway lanes and the TEXpress lanes. Drivers can choose to use the rebuilt general highway, bypass and frontage roads at no charge, or use the TEXpress lanes for a faster, more direct commute through the corridor.

The design-build method played a large role in the early opening because the contractor was able to work in all areas of the corridor simultaneously. This has allowed for an accelerated schedule and for the new highway to be built years ahead of the traditional construction timeline.

The opening is part of the $1.4 billion North Tarrant Express 35W project, which includes a 6.5-mile section of roadway currently ranked 23rd on the state’s most congested roadways list. This section of I-35W from north of I-30 to north of the I-35W/US 287 interchange just south of North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth was ranked 6th in congestion at the start of construction. The reconstruction of general highway lanes and the addition of TEXpress Lanes have already provided relief during heavy traffic periods on 35W.

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