North Tarrant Express Project

A New and Improved North Tarrant Express

Now completed and open, the North Tarrant Express features upgraded general highway lanes and expanded continuous frontage roads on Northeast Loop 820 and Airport Freeway SH-121/183. Plus new TEXpress Lanes have been added to the middle of the corridor.

A Tollway Added to an Existing Freeway

The North Tarrant Express has added 13.3 miles of new TEXpress Lanes to I-820 and SH-121/183 to increase the capacity of the highway, reduce traffic congestion and give drivers more control over their daily commute.

Demand-Based Pricing for Smooth Driving

Fluctuating pricing, beginning after the first six months of opening, is based on real-time traffic conditions to keep the NTE TEXpress Lanes moving at least 50 mph, even during rush hour. As demand for the NTE TEXpress Lanes drops, so does the price.

Drivers Choose How to Travel

Drive free on the improved general highway lanes or pay for a faster, more reliable commute with no stop-and-go driving on the NTE TEXpress Lanes. The choice is yours.

Using the TEXpress Lanes is as Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Use the tag you already own, get a TollTag or pay by mail.
  2. View the current toll rates displayed on signs before each tolling segment to help you decide your travel plan.
  3. Hop on the dedicated entry and exit ramps to safely access or leave each TEXpress Lanes segment.
  • An Improved North Tarrant Express
  • A Tollway Within a Freeway
  • NTE TEXpress Lanes Pricing
  • Drivers Choose How to Travel
  • As Easy as 1-2-3
North Tarrant Express Project Overview

The North Tarrant Express (NTE) project consists of a series of major highway improvements to two critical transportation corridors in Northeast Tarrant County:

  • I-820 (Northeast Loop) and SH-121/183 (Airport Freeway), a major east-west corridor between Fort Worth and Euless; and
  • I-35W, a major north-south corridor between Fort Worth and Denton County

The NTE will significantly relieve congestion by nearly doubling the infrastructure capacity and will also improve safety and reliability, while providing for anticipated traffic growth in one of the country’s fastest-developing regions.

After nearly four years of construction, the first two segments of the NTE project, a 13.3-mile corridor along I-820 (Northeast Loop) and SH-121/183 (Airport Freeway) were completed on Oct. 4, 2014 and are now open, approximately nine months ahead of schedule. Construction along I-35W, a 10.1-mile corridor, began in 2013 and will be completed by 2018.

NTE TEXpress Lanes Video
How to Use the NTE TEXpress Lanes HD
Learn how to use the new NTE TEXpress Lanes
North Tarrant Express Project Video
NTE Progress Video - September 2014
View the completion of the North Tarrant Express
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