TxDOT Wants to Add SOV Toll Lanes to HOV Lanes

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation say they are planning on adding tolls to existing high-occupancy vehicle lanes to allows single-occupancy vehicles.

These tolls will be implemented on new single-occupancy vehicle lanes that would then be allowed to travel for a price on existing HOV lanes on Interstate 635, from U.S. Highway 75 to Interstate 30.

The proposed project would not start until 2015 and would take about a year to complete.

TxDOT officials said the project would cost approximately $9 million and would include toll gantries for the express lanes, signage and pavement widening in each direction for enforcement areas.

They hope the new SOV lane will help with traffic flow.

"It's going to help ease congestion because it will double the capacity of the HOV lanes which are under used right now," said TXDOT spokesperson Michelle Raglon.

The public meeting is being held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Highlands Oaks Church of Christ. The church is located at 1805 Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas.

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