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Dude, Where’s My Fourth Lane?

If you’ve been feeling a bit squeezed for space on your commute, we know why. Fortunately, we’re also working on solutions.

Here’s the deal: Our region is like a teenager hitting a growth spurt. Our population is expanding faster than any other metro area in the U.S.

Much of our growth is thanks to a robust job market and companies choosing to move their headquarters to North Texas, especially Plano and Frisco. Our growth is a marker of economic health, but it also means more cars on our roads, especially during rush hour, and more wear and tear on the pavement.

Cue the construction equipment.

In 2015, NTTA launched an unprecedented plan that includes increasing the number of cars that can share the road at one time by adding lanes to three major roads: the Dallas North Tollway (between Addison and Frisco), the President George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.

Those extra lanes are already improving the drive for those who take the Dallas North Tollway and some sections of the Bush Turnpike. And, beginning next month, we’ll get to work adding a lane in each direction to the Sam Rayburn Tollway.

Crews will be working mostly in the median.

We’re also going to improve the interchange between the Sam Rayburn and Dallas North Tollways. We’ll build new ramps and bridges to separate traffic coming from the Dallas North Tollway and traffic exiting at Parkwood Boulevard and Preston Road from the Sam Rayburn Tollway.

We’ll limit the related lane closures to off-peak hours and post those closures on NTTA.org at least 24 hours in advance. We’ll also post planned closures on our social media channels.

Meanwhile, on the President George Bush Turnpike and the Dallas North Tollway … Not a Minute Wasted

Our engineering experts plan construction schedules around the changing seasons to make the most of every day. You’ll see crews excavating and removing material until warm weather returns. We’ll limit our closures to keep you humming along throughout the holidays.

President George Bush Turnpike

Crews working on the President George Bush Turnpike between Interstate 35E and Josey Lane are removing asphalt, excavating and grading dirt along the inside shoulder, near the median. Next year, they will be at work adding a new lane in each direction and repaving the existing lanes.

Dallas North Tollway

New, smooth asphalt pavement is now under your tires on all lanes and ramps of the Dallas North Tollway between Harvest Hill Road and I-35E. Crews are working to finish adding stripes to the lanes and ramps.

Please remember that the speed limit on the tollway between Harvest Hill Road and I-35E is 55 mph, because crews are still working in the area.

Please check NTTA.org for the latest information about scheduled lane and ramp closures. We update the listing daily.

As the region continues its growth spurt, we pledge to do our part by giving you reliable, convenient and smoother roads.