NTE | 35W Project Update November 2016
Drive NTE TEXpress, Provide Meals and Fight Hunger in Texas

In honor of the holiday season and a giving spirit, NTE Mobility Partners (NTE) is supporting cities and communities throughout North Texas through the regional food banks. This year, the NTE will donate proceeds from each toll transaction Saturday, Nov. 19 (up to $15,000 total) to the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB).

Participants who drive on the NTE TEXpress Lanes (Northeast Loop 820 and Airport Freeway) this Saturday will help provide meals and fight hunger in Texas through the TAFB.


Take Your Dime Further With "Your Dime, Your Day"

Already planning your holiday road trips? Get to your destination quicker using the NTE TEXpress Lanes for a discount during December's "Your Dime, Your Day" holiday promotion.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 5, Drive On TEXpress drivers can use the NTE TEXpress Lanes for only 10 cents during any 24-hour period of their choice through the end of the year.

Drivers select a day in December and then activate the discount(s) before entering the NTE TEXpress Lanes. Once the promotion is activated, a countdown clock will appear and the driver will have 24 hours from that moment to drive an unlimited number of times for a discounted 10 cents toll price for each transaction incurred.

The discount is exclusive to the LBJ TEXpress Lanes on I-635 and I-35E in Dallas and the NTE TEXpress Lanes on Northeast Loop 820 and Airport Freeway in Northeast Tarrant County. Drivers can activate the LBJ & NTE TEXpress Lanes discounts simultaneously or on different days.

The December Your Dime, Your Day promotion is only available on the Drive On TEXpress app and web app.

For more information, download the Drive On TEXpress app and subscribe to RoadSource to find out when this promotion becomes available.


I-35W Construction Activities and Closures

A traffic switch on northbound I-35W is scheduled for the night of Saturday, November 19th and will impact motorists traveling from the Trinity River to 28th Street. Northbound traffic will be placed into the southbound lanes.

Traffic changes related to the shift:

  • The on-ramp to northbound I-35W from Pharr Street will not be accessible via Weatherford Street (downtown) (January 2017)
  • The off-ramp to 28th St. from northbound I-35W will be combined with the Northside Drive/Yucca Avenue off ramp (January 2017)
Additional extended closures in place:
  • Detour of westbound I-820 to southbound I-35W traffic exiting Meacham Boulevard (through January 2017)
  • Northbound I-35W off-ramp to westbound Spur 280 (through January 2017)
  • On-ramps to southbound I-35W from Weatherford Street and Gilvin Street (April 2017)
  • Off-ramp from southbound I-35W to westbound Spur 280 (April 2017)
  • Northbound I-35W exit to Meacham Boulevard (through July 2017)
Subscribing to the NTE e-alerts and checking the website for updated closure and detour announcements are two easy ways to stay on top of upcoming construction activities and areas that may have delays.

Construction footage is also available on the North Tarrant Express YouTube channel, and last month's aerial images are posted on the project website.



Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM) a Top Priority in North Texas

The North Tarrant Express team knows math and science education is an absolute necessity for future generations of engineers. For projects like the North Tarrant Express to become a reality, there is a need to have a professional team with backgrounds in technology, science, math and engineering.

Because education in these areas is best started at a young age, the North Tarrant Express developer, NTE Mobility Partners, has invested in a new STEM-related elementary school program in one of the local school districts along the corridor, and presented a $10,000 grant to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (HEBISD) Education Foundation on Nov. 7, 2016.

Furthermore, in recognition of academic achievements, NTE Mobility Partners recently participated in the last annual pep-rally for the $476,750 in scholarships given to Haltom High School's AP students over the past five years. Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients and Go Buffs!

These events are designed to encourage student participation in area STEM programs.


Cintra Names New CEO for North Texas P3 Projects

Cintra, the parent company of the North Tarrant Express (NTE), NTE 35W and the LBJ Express, has named Alberto Gonzalez as CEO of the three P3 highway projects. Gonzalez joined Cintra in 2004 and has served as Deputy CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth-area projects since 2015.

He replaces Belen Marcos, who was recently promoted to president of Cintra's United States operations after serving as CEO of the company's North Texas projects for seven years.

As CEO, Gonzalez will oversee construction of the $1.4 billion North Tarrant Express 35W project north of Fort Worth that is expected to open in 2018. The 10.2-mile project spans from north of I-30 to north of I-820 and is expected to nearly double the area's road capacity with new general purpose lanes, managed toll lanes and frontage roads.

Gonzalez will also oversee operations of the $2.1 billion North Tarrant Express, which opened in 2014, as well as the $2.6 billion LBJ Express, which opened last year. Both projects were completed ahead of schedule and are credited with reducing congestion on their respective roadways by more than 60 percent.


North Tarrant Express Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

The North Tarrant Express (NTE) corridor celebrated its two-year anniversary since becoming fully operational in October 2014. The 13.3-mile project is a $2.1 billion P3 (Public Private Partnership) investment that is providing better mobility through one of the most congested corridors in North Texas utilizing newer, safer design and construction, and managed toll lanes (TEXpress Lanes) for commuter traffic.

The concept of a managed lane corridor is to minimize traffic congestion by allowing drivers to choose how they will get from their points of origin to their destinations. With a minimum speed of 50 mph, the TEXpress Lanes provide a faster congestion-free trip with more predictability during drivers' commutes.

The construction company, Ferrovial Agroman's Bluebonnet Contractors, utilized more than 200 local and regional subcontractors which clocked more than 8.5 million man hours to open the North Tarrant Express - on-budget and nine months ahead of schedule. Teams worked 24/7 and performed hundreds of traffic shifts and thousands of lane closures. Building the 13.3-mile project required the adjustment or relocation of approximately 960,845 linear feet of utilities, construction of 70+ bridges, removal of 5 million cubic yards of excavation, construction of 2.5 million square feet of retaining walls and 2.1 million square feet of decking, all while maintaining traffic for 200,000 cars per day.

Know Before You Go!

The holidays are upon us, and as the busiest travel time of the year, it’s important to stay up-to-speed on closures, traffic shifts and lane reductions. Let the NTE help plan your road trips to visit out-of-town relatives and friends: We encourage drivers to check for up-to-the-minute information on lane closures and traffic detours on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

We also post information about accidents and delays, which can help keep you on track when traveling along I-35W or the North Tarrant Express corridor along Loop 820 and Airport Freeway.

Be sure to "Know Before You Go!" You can find a complete list of current lane closures here along with alternate route maps here.

 

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