New Lanes on North Tarrant Express 35W Open Months Ahead of Schedule

Contact: Brooke Goggans
Mosaic Strategy Partners
brooke@mosaicsp.com
(469) 629-9468

Fort Worth, TX – April 6, 2018 – As progress continues on the North Tarrant Express 35W, North Tarrant Infrastructure and NTE Mobility Partners announced the opening of 4 miles in the northern portion of the highway corridor on Thursday, April 5 almost 6 months ahead of schedule.

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 utilize the TEXpress Lanes for a faster, more direct commute through the corridor.

“This public-private partnership (P3) is providing a safer more reliable highway corridor in North Texas. We are proud to deliver on our commitment to relieving congestion on one of the busiest corridors in the state,” said Alberto Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer for NTE Mobility Partners, the project developer. “This project would not be successful without our partnership with TxDOT, our contractors and regional transportation planners.”

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.

“We have a consistient track record of delivering roadways in North Texas early – largely due to our team of dedicated employees and local subcontractors unmatched experience on large, complex mega-projects,” said Miguel Alonso, Chief Executive Officer for North Tarrant Infrastructure, the project contractor. “Community outreach, traffic management and innovation, such as the dirt-moving conveyor belt built over I-35W, have contributed to the delivery of this phase of the project ahead of schedule.”

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.

Drivers are encouraged to “Know Before They Go,” visit www.northtarrantexpress.com for upcoming closures. To view detour maps, please visit the Alternate Route Map page. Also, as lane closures are updated frequently, please visit the Lane Closures page daily for the most current information. Closures are subject to weather conditions, and construction activities may be postponed if necessary. More information about the TEXpress Lanes can be found at www.NTETEXpress.com or www.TEXpressLanes.com.