The 10-mile stretch of LBJ East from U.S. Highway 75 to Interstate 30 is slated for major improvements, but the project is changing before it begins.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation confirms the project will now include managed toll lanes and non-toll lanes throughout the entire length.
Previously, the section between U.S. 75 and Miller Road was the only part expected to include managed toll lanes.
North Texas resident Joel Metcalf is all too familiar with I-635. He drives on that, and other Texas highways, daily.
"Since I have been here, toll lanes have exploded," Metcalf said.
Metcalf is hoping for some traffic relief, even though he would not pay for a toll road. This plan gives him two options. There will be five non-toll lanes in each direction, along with two managed toll lanes and continuous frontage roads.
A managed toll mean the toll rate can change based on traffic flow.
State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, was behind legislation to have toll and non-toll lanes on part of the project. He believes it gives drivers the choice and helps raise money to pay for the $1.8 billion plan.
Right now, $1 billion still needs to be raised.
"The reasoning is you can't do it otherwise. Look, I wish we lived in a perfect world where there were no limited resources, where we have plenty of money for transportation. We don't. Here is a way to do it by allowing people to make the choice," Villalba said.
The goal is to begin the project in 2019. A TxDOT spokesperson believes the money will be in place by then.