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New Lanes of President George Bush Turnpike Open to Traffic

New Lanes of President George Bush Turnpike Open to Traffic

First Section of PGBT Widening Project to Deliver Traffic Congestion Relief

PLANO, Texas – November 14, 2016 – The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) has completed widening a segment of the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) to ease congestion. An additional lane in each direction of the PGBT between the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) and U.S. 75 is now open to traffic. Also, a westbound fourth lane between Renner Rd. and U.S. 75 is now open.

View animation of the new segment here.

“This is one of several projects that are part of NTTA’s ongoing safety and congestion-management focus,” said NTTA Assistant Executive Director of Infrastructure Elizabeth Mow. “We still have several other improvement projects underway to provide more options for our customers. We appreciate the public’s continued patience and understanding as we improve NTTA roads.”

Construction on the widening of this segment of the PGBT began in May 2015.

“We applaud NTTA for adding additional capacity to accommodate and facilitate mobility needs in our region. This additional lane will ease mobility and enhance commuters’ quality of life,” said Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere.

The additional lanes were constructed in the median, which allowed NTTA to minimize interruptions to the traveling public. Work on this project resulted in:

  • 4,000 truckloads of dirt being removed from the PGBT median
  • Landscaping removed and transplanted to the DNT
  • 63,000 cubic yards of concrete poured to create new lanes – equal to four football fields
  • 50 miles of new pavement markings

“The President George Bush Turnpike has created greater regional access and connectivity that tremendously benefits our community. Its widening to four lanes in each direction is a welcome enhancement to keep up with the growth we’ve witnessed in the surrounding area, as evidenced by dynamic projects such as CityLine and large employers like State Farm and Raytheon. We know that reliable transportation access is a significant driver of Richardson’s sustained success and we are happy to see NTTA’s continued commitment to improve this vital transportation corridor,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker.

The PGBT widening project is being implemented in phases:

  • Phase 1 – DNT to US 75 (complete)
  • Phase 2 – DNT to IH 35E; US 75 to SH 78 (anticipated completion mid 2019)
  • Phase 3 – IH 35E to Belt Line Road (anticipated completion late 2020)
  • Phase 4 – IH 20 to IH 30 (anticipated completion end 2020)

Information on the PGBT Widening Project and other NTTA improvement projects is available at