North Tarrant Express 35W

Location: Fort Worth, TexasLength: 10.2 MilesProject Value: $1.4 Billion
The project will provide direct access for residents of the northern Tarrant County region to employment opportunities in the Fort Worth central business district.

North Tarrant Express 35W consists of 10.2 miles of I-35W located north of Fort Worth, Texas from downtown I-30 to US 287 in Northeast Tarrant County. The project is being developed in two major sections. Segment 3A is being developed by a consortium led by Cintra. The Texas Department of Transportation is financing and building Segment 3B. Once construction is complete, the consortium will operate and maintain both segments.

NTE 3A consists of 6.5 miles of I-35W from north of I-30 to north of I-820 through a regionally supported managed lane system. It is being designed and built concurrently to accelerate the project schedule by several years. The project consists of reconstructing the general purpose lanes and frontage roads along the corridor, new construction of two express lanes per direction and the implementation of a dynamic pricing toll system.

When complete, the project will improve mobility by almost doubling the existing road capacity to 145,000 annual average daily traffic with a combination of general purpose lanes and continuous frontage roads, along with managed toll lanes that will use dynamic pricing to keep traffic moving.

Facility Type: General purpose and tolled managed lanes
Start of Concession: 2009
End of Concession: 2061
Term of Concession: 52 years
Concession Company: NTE Mobility Partners
Client: Texas Department of Transportation
Equity Structure: 53.665% Cintra; 17.495% Meridiam; 28.85% APG
  • 2016 Don Capelle Award for Leadership—awarded by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Managed Lanes Committee.
A design innovation added pedestrian elements to an existing vehicular bridge rather than replacing an existing pedestrian bridge. This concept will significantly improve pedestrian access, including reduced travel times to the nearby recreation center and elementary school. It will also improve pedestrian access during construction and eliminate temporary closures that would be required to replace the existing pedestrian bridge. The design also includes adding a bicycle lane to the existing bridge to facilitate connectivity with the local trail system.
Cintra and Ferrovial Agroman will be working with the local community colleges and trade associations to develop a program that will teach and/or strengthen the work skill sets of local residents that are necessary for our project and the highway industry.

The design-build team also conducted an annual summer internship program intended for civil engineering students and other related fields to gain practical experience in construction management. Under the direction of senior construction management and professional engineers, interns participated in all aspects of construction management. Eleven students participated in this program.

NTE partnered with the National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) to work with three high schools along the corridor to provide training, testing, college prep and incentives for students and teachers to further their knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The team is also working with NMSI to continue implementing a campus-based mentoring program that provides one-on-one interaction between company engineers and students. The financial commitment to the NMSI program is $300,000.

To read more about NTE’s involvement in their local community, please click here.

  • 6 - 35W just north of I-35W looking north

  • 6050- 35W at the 35W-820 interchange looking north(1)

  • DSC_7358 820 35W interchange looking west