North Tarrant Express Project

A New and Improved North Tarrant Express

The North Tarrant Express features upgraded general highway lanes and expanded continuous frontage roads on Northeast Loop 820, SH-121/183 Airport Freeway and I-35W. Plus four TEXpress Lanes have been added to the middle of the corridors.

A Tollway Added to an Existing Freeway

The North Tarrant Express features 13.3 miles of NTE TEXpress Lanes on I-820 and SH-121/183, and another 10.1 miles of NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes on I-35W, to increase the capacity of the highways, reduce traffic congestion and give drivers more control over their daily commute.

Demand-Based Pricing for Smooth Driving

Fluctuating pricing, beginning after the first six months of opening, is based on real-time traffic conditions to keep the NTE & NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes moving at least 50 mph, even during rush hour. As demand for the NTE & NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes drops, so does the price.

Drivers Choose How to Travel

Drive free on the improved general highway lanes or pay for a faster, more reliable commute with no stop-and-go driving on the NTE & NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes. The choice is yours.

Using the TEXpress Lanes is as Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Use the tag you already own, get a TollTag or pay by mail.
  2. View the current toll rates displayed on signs before each tolling segment to help you decide your travel plan.
  3. Hop on the dedicated entry and exit ramps to safely access or leave each TEXpress Lanes segment.
  • An Improved North Tarrant Express
  • A Tollway Within a Freeway
  • NTE & NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes Pricing
  • Drivers Choose How to Travel
  • As Easy as 1-2-3
North Tarrant Express Project Overview

The NTE & NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes consists of a series of major highway improvements to two critical transportation corridors in Northeast Tarrant County:

  • I-820 (Northeast Loop) and SH-121/183 (Airport Freeway), a major east-west corridor between Fort Worth and Euless; and
  • I-35W, a major north-south corridor between Fort Worth and Denton County

The NTE & NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes will significantly relieve congestion by nearly doubling the infrastructure capacity and will also improve safety and reliability, while providing for anticipated traffic growth in one of the country’s fastest-developing regions.

After nearly four years of construction, the first two segments of the NTE TEXpress Lanes, a 13.3-mile corridor along I-820 (Northeast Loop) and SH-121/183 (Airport Freeway) were completed on Oct. 4, 2014 and are now open, approximately nine months ahead of schedule. Construction along the NTE 35W TEXpress Lanes, a 10.1-mile corridor along I-35W from downtown Fort Worth to north of US 287, began in 2013 and are now open.

Put Traffic in the Rearview Mirror
LBJ & NTE TEXpress Lanes: Putting Traffic Problems in the Rearview Mirror 2020
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Using TEXpress Lanes
How to Use the TEXpress Lanes 2020
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