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Take a look at some of the press releases we've written about the overall North Tarrant Express project and the new TEXpress Lanes.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (October 7, 2015) – This past Sunday, October 4, marked the one-year anniversary of the opening of the North Tarrant Express (NTE), the $2.1 billion highway corridor along Interstate 820 and Airport Freeway (SH 121/183) in northeast Tarrant County.
The reconstruction project was ambitious: reinventing a nearly 50-year-old highway – including adding TEXpress managed toll lanes, rebuilding all main lanes, and rebuilding and expanding frontage roads – that traverses six municipalities, carries up to 200,000 vehicles daily and impacts more than a million residents.
The fully rebuilt NTE corridor opened in October 2014, approximately nine months ahead of schedule.
The NTE was the first Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA) project to fully open in North Texas. A combination of private equity, Private Activity Bonds (PABs), federal loans and limited investment on the part of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) funded the project, which includes operations and maintenance on the corridor for the next 50 years.
What are some of the lessons learned in the last year?
Increasingly, other states and countries are looking to the North Tarrant Express, and the newly opened LBJ Express, as models for innovation – in design and construction, in financing, in marketing, and in community development. Outsiders are taking notice: The project recently was named the 2015 Best Project of the Year by ENR Texas & Louisiana and a top 10 finalist for America's Transportation Awards through the American Association of Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO); the project and collective team have also received numerous awards related to construction, design, community involvement, and special events (NTE grand opening celebration).
In recognition of the one-year anniversary, NTE is offering a "One Week Free on NTE" promotion, allowing drivers to travel the managed lanes for free, Monday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 25. "This is a great opportunity for drivers to experience the benefits of the NTE TEXpress Lanes – free of charge," says Robert Hinkle, Director of Corporate Affairs for NTE Mobility Partners, the developer of the North Tarrant Express. "It's our way of thanking our existing customers for a great first full year of operation as well as enticing new users to try out the managed lanes."
Drivers must have a valid TollTag, TxTag or EZ TAG and be registered with the Drive On TEXpress mobile or web app before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18 to qualify for the free week; registration for the promotional discount began Monday, Sept. 28. This promotion only applies to the NTE TEXpress Lanes and is available for all registered vehicles on each Drive On TEXpress account, as well as for HOV users and solo drivers. For more information, visit www.ntetexpress.com.