By Brian New

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The quickly growing network of managed toll lanes across North Texas expands even further this week with the opening of the second phase of the LBJ Express. The 3.6 miles of toll lanes runs along the LBJ Freeway from Josey Lane to Interstate-35E south of Loop 12, and north to Interstate-35E before Valley View Lane.

The project is nine months ahead of schedule.

“The segment will be critical for drivers who want to bypass the surface lane congestion at I-35E,” said Dia Kuykendall of the LBJ Infrastructure Group.

By 2018, there will be at least six toll express lane projects in North Texas. While some drivers welcome the options, others said that the number of toll roads in North Texas is getting out of hand. “This is not right,” said local anti-toll activist Ann Lieber. “Where does this end? Does this end with Texas not having any freeways? I see a day that that will come if people don’t wake-up and push back.”

Unlike the Dallas North Tollway and other traditional toll roads, the express lanes parallel to existing freeways, offering drivers who are willing to pay improved mobility on historically congested sections of roadway.

Toll rates on the managed lanes fluctuate depending on the traffic congestion on the free lanes — the more traffic on the freeway, the more it will cost to take the toll.

The goal is to ensure that drivers can travel at least 50 mph at any time on the managed lanes.

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