Changes in I-635 Project to Include Managed Toll Lanes and Non-Toll Lanes Throughout - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Changes in I-635 Project to Include Managed Toll Lanes and Non-Toll Lanes Throughout

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    I-635 Project to Include Managed Toll Lanes, Non-Toll Lanes

    The North Texas Regional Transportation Council plans to expand I-635 from Central Expressway to I-30 by using toll lanes to help fund the $1.8 billion project. (Published Monday, Oct. 30, 2017)

    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.

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    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.

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