In the next three years, both the Dallas North Tollway and the President George Bush Turnpike will undergo major changes to accommodate an increasing number of drivers.
North Texas Tollway Authority spokesman Michael Rey said in the past decade Collin County has experienced a major population boom – one that surpassed even the NTTA's expectations.
"It's very much an, 'If you built it, they will come,' business. We built it, they've come and now we're expanding," said Rey.
Rey said during the next several years a number of projects, totaling near $400 million, will happen along nearly every tollway and turnpike in Collin County.
Currently, construction is underway to add a fourth lane in both directions along the Dallas North Tollway from Interstate 635 to the Sam Rayburn Tollway.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.
After that, construction will begin on the President George Bush Turnpike. There, crews will also add fourth lane in each direction from Interstate 35E to State Highway 78.
Construction there is expected to be complete in 2019.
Future improvements are also planned to the Sam Rayburn Tollway.
Rey said crews will attempt to work as best they can during non-peak hours and on weekends, however he is asking for the public's patience while construction is underway.
"Everybody wants to get there now. We understand that. We just ask for a little patience as we make these roadways wider and make them better," Rey said.