Bridging the Gap: NTTA to break ground on the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge
The nautical-themed signature bridge features a distinctive 360-foot tied-arch main span that rises over 55 feet above the water to provide clearance for sail boating. The arches slant inward as they rise 60 feet above the bridge deck, enhancing the visual experience. Motorists will pass between light towers that frame the weathering steel arch, which is further outlined with tubular light-emitting-diode (LED) lamps that enhance the nautical theme. This subtle lighting will make the bridge’s shape and location visible from a considerable distance at night.
The bridge construction contract of $93 million was awarded to Jensen Construction Co., a Midwestern heavy and highway construction firm that specializes in large bridge projects. The total estimated cost for the bridge project includes an additional $29 million for the toll plaza and toll collection systems; design, construction management and administrative costs; and contingencies for a total of $122.2 million for all elements of the bridge project.
The Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge is to be constructed and operated as part of the Dallas North Tollway System. Financing for the bridge project will come from the issuance of bonds and notes secured by the revenues of the Dallas North Tollway System and the use of surplus construction fund moneys from other projects of the System. Tolls on the bridge are proposed to be $1.00 for TollTag customers and $1.25 for cash customers.
The entire Lewisville Lake Corridor Project, including the approaching roadways built by Denton County and TxDOT in conjunction with the municipalities of Lake Dallas, Little Elm and Frisco, is estimated to cost $211 million.