Nine months ahead of schedule, the LBJ Express Project Phase Two opened to drivers Wednesday evening.
The opening section includes Interstate 635 from Josey Lane to Interstate 35E, south of the Loop 12 split and north to I-35E before Valley View Lane.
Now, there will be two elevated TEXpress lanes in each direction and new frontage roads to help ease congestion.
Driving on the TEXpress lanes will cost drivers anywhere from 65 cents to $1.65 depending on traffic flow.
Drivers will be able to bypass the congested interchange at I-35E and have a faster, more reliable connection from LBJ Express to destinations such as Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas Medical District, Oak Lawn, Irving and more.
TxDot hopes with more drivers using those lanes, it will help alleviate the traffic on the main lanes.
"This phase is commencing service nine months earlier than projected," said Dia Kuykendall, Director of Corporate Affairs for LBJ Infrastructure Group, the project's developer. "This is another opportunity for drivers to experience the concept designed to provide convenience, flexibility and improve mobility in the D-FW Metroplex."
Drivers seem pleased
"I lived in Houston, so they do the same thing over there where everything used to be cramped. They widened it, added tolls and it's alleviated a lot of the traffic," said driver Tim Colby.
The third and final phase of the LBJ Express Project is widening IH-635 between Josey and Preston Road, as well as adding TEXpress lanes.
Construction is expected to be complete in December 2015.