The North Texas Tollway Authority plans to open the President George Bush Turnpike Eastern Extension in the late afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 21, weather permitting. The Eastern Extension will allow motorists to drive the highly anticipated route that extends the PGBT from northwest Garland to Interstate 30.
The Eastern Extension will provide direct connecting ramps to the I-30 main lanes. Access to the I-30 frontage roads is expected to occur in February 2012.
“The NTTA is committed to improving mobility throughout the North Texas region,” said NTTA Interim Executive Director of Project Delivery Elizabeth Mow. “Opening the Eastern Extension on-time and on-budget is an example of our dedication to enhancing the driving experience for our customers.”
The 9.9-mile PGBT Eastern Extension is a portion of the outer loop around Dallas and its suburbs. The corridor will extend through Garland, Sachse and Rowlett. Initially planned in 1957, it is part of the Loop 9/State Highway 190 corridor. Construction on the $958 million dollar project began in August 2008.
In addition to providing a quicker commute, the Eastern Extension is expected to relieve congestion on local roads. Through partnerships with the Texas Department of Transportation, Dallas County and the cities of Dallas, Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, the Eastern Extension offers a viable alternative to motorists in the eastern part of the Metroplex.
The corridor consists of three main lanes in each direction, one main lane gantry and six sets of ramp gantries. The average toll for driving on the Eastern Extension is 15.3 cents per mile for vehicles with a TollTag. ZipCash rates are 50 percent more than TollTag rates. Additional information regarding toll rates and gantry locations is available on the NTTA website, www.ntta.org/AboutUs/TollRates/.
Visit www.ntta.org or call 214-461-2000 for additional information about other NTTA projects. For customer service, please call 972-818-NTTA (6882).