Sunday, September 26, 2021

DFW Connector’s TEXpress Lanes Set to Open Tuesday, April 1

DFW_Connector_Logo 190x160The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will open the TEXpress Lanes (toll managed lanes) on the DFW Connector on Tuesday, April 1st, as a tool for managing congestion. The lanes are on a 4-mile segment of State Highway (SH) 114 from just west of SH 26 to east of International Parkway (DFW Airport).

The TEXpress Lanes run parallel to fully reconstructed main lanes and frontage roads and offer drivers the option to pay a variable toll. The lanes on the DFW Connector will open on April 1stat zero cost for a temporary introductory period. The incentive period will allow the traveling public to try the lanes, while providing TxDOT an opportunity to continue to test tolling equipment.

“With thousands of people expected to converge on the Metroplex next weekend for the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament and Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race, we believe this is the perfect time to open this new system for congestion management,” said James Bass, TxDOT Interim Executive Director. “This innovative corridor will provide a choice for commuters driving through this vital east west route as well as reduce congestion and improve safety.”

Later this spring, the incentive period will change and tolls will be charged along the 4-mile segment. Initially, the single-occupancy passenger vehicle rate will have a range of $0.67 to $1.00 for the entire segment when using a TollTag from the North Texas Tollway Authority, a TxTAG or an EZ-Pass from the Harris County Toll Road Authority. That rate varies depending on the time of day (peak vs. non-peak hours). Rates also will vary further depending on use of a TollTag or other transponder or pay-by-mail, and depending on vehicle occupancy and number of axles on a vehicle. Toll rates will be posted and clearly marked on electronic signs prior to drivers entering the TEXpress Lanes. In the future, tolls will fluctuate according to traffic volume and rate of speed. Electronic sensors throughout the corridor will measure congestion every few minutes and electronically recalibrate the rates. As congestion increases, the toll rate will increase to ensure that a minimum predictable speed of 50 mph is maintained.

Drivers with a valid NTTA TollTag, TxTag or EZ TAG on their passenger vehicle, along with HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle) status, will receive discounted rates. HOV discounts can be obtained by pre-registering at www.DriveOnTEXpress.com.

The DFW Connector’s TEXpress Lanes will be the second to open in North Texas. These lanes have been developed over the past several years by transportation planners at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and TxDOT, along with other industry experts. The first TEXpress Lanes opened on a 3.2-mile segment of the LBJ Express (Interstate 635) in Dallas on Dec. 13, 2013. After the DFW Connector’s opening, the North Tarrant Express (SH 183 and I-820 in Fort Worth) lanes are expected to open at the end of 2014.

Extensive information about the TEXpress Managed Lanes network is available at www.txdot.gov, keyword “texpress lanes” and at www.texpresslanes.com.

The DFW Connector TEXpress Lanes are part of a $1.1 billion project that reached substantial completion at the end of 2013. The project consisted of eight-and-a-half miles of construction across four highways (including SH 114 and SH 121), two interchanges and more than 39 bridges. The DFW Connector not only expanded roadway capacity, but also improved air quality and alleviated congestion in a heavily traveled area of North Texas – all six months ahead of schedule.

For more information see the DFW Connector TEXpress Lanes Project Fact Sheet.

DFW Connector Lane Closures Planned for 2/28 – 3/3

NorthGate will be closing DFW Connector freeway main lanes in several locations this weekend for repair work.  The closures will affect drivers coming in and out of Southlake.

These closures are needed to replace highway shield pavement markers that were damaged by ice removal operations during the recent winter storm, as well as to repair damage from a auto accident several months ago.  This is expected to be the last major closure on the project, except for future FM 2499/International Parkway work.   Affected lanes may reopen early as work is completed.

  • Eastbound 114 to Northbound 121 bridge will have a FULL CLOSURE all day on Saturday, March 1 (Friday 11:30 p.m. to Saturday 11:30 p.m.) Northbound 121 traffic will be detoured to I-635 to turn around at Royal Lane.
  • Westbound 114/Southbound 121 between Texan Trail and Main Street will have one lane open and five lanes closed all day on Saturday, March 1 (Friday 11:30 p.m.to Sat 11:30 p.m.).   All ramps will remain open.
  • Eastbound 114 between Kimball Ave and SH 26 will have one lane open and two  lanes closed from 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28 to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 3rd.  The eastbound on-ramp from Kimball Avenue will be closed, but all other ramps will remain open.

Lane closures for the morning of Friday, February 28th include:

  • Eastbound SH 114 frontage at FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Single left lane closed on eastbound SH 114 frontage road east and west of FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard for grading work. One lane will remain open.
  • Westbound SH 114 frontage road at FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Single left lane will be closed on westbound SH 114 frontage road east and west of FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard for grading work.. Two lanes will remain open.
  • FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard Bridge 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., U-turn closed on FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard from westbound SH 114 frontage road to eastbound SH 114 frontage road for grading work.

There are other closures planned all around the connector. Please visit the DFW Connector’s lane closure page for more information.

DFW Connector Project: Major Traffic Changes Affect Southlake Drivers

The DFW Connector has alerted the City of Southlake about a major traffic pattern change will take place starting on Friday night.  From 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14 to 6 a.m. on Monday, June 17, DFW Connector crews will complete the following work:

Traffic Pattern Change:  The westbound SH 114 at Texan Trail will go into its permanent traffic pattern. Click here for a visual of the traffic pattern change.  The change will take place starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14 to 6 a.m. on Monday, June 17.

Associated closures: Full highway closure on westbound SH 114/southbound SH 121 at Texan Trail (westbound SH 114 traffic will be detoured to the frontage road, southbound SH 121 traffic will be detoured to William D. Tate Avenue); full ramp closure southbound SH 121 on-ramp at Main Street (from 8 PM to 8 AM on Friday, 6/14, detour to William D. Tate Avenue).

Please be aware there will be a few changes after this traffic switch that drivers should be aware of, including:

  • The westbound SH 114 off-ramp to Main Street will move to the east into its permanent traffic pattern
  • The southbound SH 121 bridge to westbound SH 114 north of DFW Airport will open to full capacity
  • The southbound SH 121 exit at Main Street will move to the left

For Southlake residents and workers, the biggest change will for those traveling on westbound SH 114 – they will need to stay in the right lanes to continue into the City.  After Monday, the left lanes will no longer give drivers access to the City.

NorthGate is encouraging all drivers to pay attention to all roadway signage following the traffic pattern change.  All traffic pattern changes and lane closures are subject to change based on weather. For the most accurate information, please visit www.dfwconnector.com.

For more information about the DFW Connector project, including all current and upcoming lane closures, visit www.dfwconnector.com, or call the toll-free hotline at 877-411-4212. The DFW Connector can also be found on Twitter (@DFWConnector) and Facebook (DFW Connector Project)

DFW Connector related Lane Closures on Southlake Blvd/Northwest Highway Bridge this weekend

The DFW Connector workers will put the Southlake Boulevard/Northwest Highway bridge into its permanent configuration starting tonight (4/12) at 8:00 p.m.  This will mean multiple lanes closures on the north and southbound Southlake Boulevard /Northwest Highway bridge, but one lane will remain open in each direction.

The changes will also cause the closure of the eastbound SH 114 frontage road at Southlake Boulevard and Northwest Highway.  In addition, the free-right turn from northbound FM Southlake Boulevard /Northwest Highway to the eastbound SH 114 frontage road and the U-turn from the eastbound SH 114 frontage road to the westbound SH 114 frontage road at Southlake Boulevard/Northwest Highway will be closed.

The lane changes are expected to be complete by 6:00 a.m., Monday (4/15) morning.

For more information about the project and other closures, please visit www.DFWConnector.com.

 

Permanent Roadway Changes to Affect Airport Access & Travel Patterns

Several traffic switches and ramp openings will take place near DFW Airport starting January 18th as a result of the DFW Connector project.  The permanent changes will be complete on January 21st.

1) Southbound Service  Road To Southbound International Parkway

Ramp Closing: The ramp from the southbound Service Road to International Parkway and the terminals will be permanently closed on January 18, 2013.

Traffic Impact: Cars, trucks and buses will no longer be able to take eastbound Airfield Drive to the southbound Service Road ramp to access International Parkway and the terminals.

Detour: All eastbound vehicles accessing the DFW terminals should use Hwy State Highway 114 East. Detour signage will be installed on eastbound Mustang Drive routing traffic to exit the Grapevine Main Street Bridge onto SH 114 E to enter the Airport from the north on International Parkway.

2) Southbound International Parkway To Southbound Service Road

Ramp Opening: On January 21, 2013, a new ramp will open prior to the north Control Plaza entrance from southbound International Parkway to the Service Road. This traffic switch, including all permanent signage, will be accomplished beginning at 8:00 p.m. on January 18th and completed by 6:00 a.m. on January 21st.

Upcoming  Eastbound Ramp from Texan Trail Bridge

  • Texan Trail Ramp Closing: Winter 2013 — The eastbound entrance ramp from Texan Trail, which currently provides access to Hwy 114 East, 121 North & 635 East, will be permanently closed.
  • Replacement Texas Trail Opening: A new eastbound entrance ramp will open concurrently, but will ONLY provide access from Texan Trail to SH 114 East.
  • Traffic Impact: Closure of existing Texan Trail ramp will limit options for trucks and other vehicles from the West Cargo area and North Airfield Drive to SH 121 and IH-635.
  • Detours: New permanent signs and temporary detour signs will be installed on North Airfield Drive, Mustang and West Airfield Drive to direct traffic to use the Grapevine Main Street Bridge to access SH 114 West , 121 North  and 635 East. Access to eastbound SH 114 will be directed to the new permanent Texan Trail ramp.

For additional Connector project information, visit www.DFWConnector.com or contact the Connector project’s Public Information team at 877-411-4212

Wall Street Traffic Pattern Switch-DFW Connector Project

This Friday, the DFW Connector project plans to change Wall Street to a one-way traffic pattern at the westbound SH 114 frontage road.

Those wishing to go east on Wall Street (toward Grapevine) will be detoured to College Street, then Dogwood Drive. Westbound Wall Street traffic (toward Southlake) will not be affected. The traffic pattern change can be viewed on the map, here.

This temporary traffic pattern will remain in place until spring, 2013.  For more information about the DFW Connector please visit www.DFWConnector.com

 

 

 

DFW Connector: Bridge Opening and Weekend Work

Nearly eight months after a third-party incident, NorthGate Constructors will open the new east side of Texan Trail bridge to the public this weekend. In addition, crews will continue bridge demolition north of DFW Airport and set bridge beams over SH 26.

First, crews will open the new east side of Texan Trail bridge beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Moving traffic to this new construction, slated to end at 6 a.m. on Sept. 24, will allow four lanes of traffic on the new bridge – one dedicated straight lane and one dedicated left-turn lane in each direction. NorthGate will need the following closures in order to facilitate the bridge opening:

Second, after accommodating Grapevine’s annual GrapeFest festival last weekend, NorthGate demolition crews will be back to work this weekend, starting Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 24 at 6 a.m. Crews will need the following closures to complete demolition on the old westbound SH 114 off-ramp to southbound International Parkway/DFW Airport:

Finally, NorthGate will set girders, or horizontal bridge beams, on the new eastbound SH 114 mainlane bridge over SH 26 this weekend. This piece of work will require the following:

  • Full highway closure on north and southbound SH 26 at SH 114. Click here to see a detour map.
  • Associated closure: Eastbound SH 114 frontage road east of FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard (U-turn).

The $1.1 billion DFW Connector project is currently one year ahead of schedule, with a completion date of mid-summer 2013. The project is being built under a comprehensive development agreement (CDA) between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and NorthGate Constructors.

For more information about the DFW Connector project, including all current and upcoming lane closures, visit www.dfwconnector.com, or call the toll-free hotline at 877-411-4212. The DFW Connector can also be found on Twitter (@DFWConnector) and Facebook (DFW Connector Project), and has mobile app on both the iPhone and Android markets