NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Good news today for drivers who travel along Interstate-30 as part of their daily commute. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has opened several new TEXpress Lanes along the highway.
As with all TEXpress managed toll lanes, the cost to use the toll lanes will vary according to how congested traffic is. TxDOT spokeperson Lisa Walzl explained that initially the pricing will be at a set rate.
“For the first six months we will run the tolling based on a schedule. So, it will change throughout the day but it will change at the same time, at the same rate throughout the day,” Walzl said. But the ultimate goal is to prevent traffic slowdowns and backups, so Walzl also said things will change after six months. “After that time we will go dynamic, meaning that the price will fluctuate based on the amount of cars and traffic in the lanes. And that will be to keep the traffic moving at least 50 miles an hour.”
The new 9-mile section of TEXpress Lanes are on I-30 in Grand Prairie, west of State Highway 161, to west of Westmoreland Road in Dallas.
So that the TEXpress Lanes are available to the most drivers it will change with the commute pattern. Simply put Walzl said, “They’re reversible. So we’ll run them eastbound from 5 this morning until 11 o’clock this morning. Then we’ll close them down from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. while we reverse them. And then this afternoon, starting at 2 o’clock until 8 p.m., we will run them westbound.”
The TEXpress Lanes will run eastbound all day on weekends, except during special events.
For the month of August only, drivers can ride on the I-30 TEXpress Lanes for free between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
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