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Falling for Fourth Lanes



Finally, fall has arrived in North Texas! While you were pulling your boots from storage and sipping a Pumpkin Spice Latte, our crews were already in their work boots as they continued building fourth lanes on the President George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway. They even added some pumpkin-orange striping to a few construction zones on the Sam Rayburn to remind you to stay alert, watch for changes and drive safely.

Keep reading to see what we’re doing to improve your drive!

President George Bush Turnpike

Construction on the Bush Turnpike between the Dallas North Tollway and Interstate 35E is nearly complete. Crews are on track to complete repaving and restriping by the end of the year.

Work remaining between the tollway and I-35E is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year, weather permitting.

Between I-35E and Belt Line Road in Irving, crews are currently excavating and preparing the ground in the median where the fourth lane between I-35E and I-635 will be added.

Sam Rayburn Tollway

If the Sam Rayburn Tollway is your route to fall festivals, you’re in luck! Much of the current construction is happening within the median, behind barriers or outside the main lane.

West of the Dallas North Tollway, crews are excavating and preparing the median, which will serve as the base for the new lanes and shoulders when they open to traffic in 2021.

Widening of main lane bridges over cross streets is also underway between Denton Tap Road in Coppell and Coit Road in Plano. Much of the work includes building foundations and support columns. This construction requires us to close various U-turns or right lanes on the city streets below. Right now, crews are working on them each weekday, Monday through Friday.

If you are planning to get a jump on holiday shopping before Black Friday, we have a gift for you! In Lewisville, just south of Music City Mall, crews will soon shift traffic on the Sam Rayburn frontage road (State Highway 121) to the two left lanes, reopening access to adjacent business driveways. Crews had closed the two right lanes in each direction for maintenance work. The shift will happen well before Thanksgiving.

So, whether you’re cruising our roads to find the perfect Instagram post or just heading home to curl up with a good book by the fireplace, follow NTTA on Twitter @NTTATravelAlert for the latest information about lane closures that could impact your commute. Our website is also updated daily, so bookmark our “Scheduled Lane Closures” page for more information.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about construction to improve our roads, please contact us at or 972-628-3134.