LBJ Express Project developer, LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC (LBJ-IG), hosted a briefing Thursday morning for media and elected officials celebrating the second phase of newly constructed TEXpress Lanes scheduled to open this month.
Among the group of attendees were also representatives from Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Transportation Commission and North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
Presenters emphasized the wide-ranging benefits to come from not only opening this second phase of LBJ Express in July, but also as a whole in less than 500 days.
“With the new highway design, traffic congestion will be dramatically reduced,” said TxDOT Executive Director Lt. Gen Joe Weber. “Design-build reduced the time for construction in about half – a project that could have taken eight years will be completed in four. This is a prime example of TxDOT innovation.”
Marveling at the first-time implementation of the managed lanes system in the United States, points were made about the great economic and mobility impact the new design has already created for DFW.
“What a great day to celebrate the partnership between all parties involved in making this project a reality,” said Texas Transportation Commisioner, Jeff Austin III. “The benefits to traffic and mobility are already being seen as pavement reaches its final configuration and the 250,000 vehicles per day enjoy this Texas-sized expansion and mobility improvement project.”
After the briefing, elected officials were taken on a tour of the new elevated lanes. The route took the group along the soon-to-open ramps connecting westbound I-635 to southbound I-35E, turning around at Walnut Hill Lane and traveling the new ramps from northbound I-35E to eastbound I-635.
The group also had a moment to stop at the highest point of one of the ramps, take pictures and to enjoy the expansive view of I-35E looking south.
LBJ-IG also hosted an open house Thursday evening between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions from the general public and to get an up close introduction to the Phase 2 TEXpress Lanes.