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May 2015

Ground broken on Midtown Express

 

Another important transportation project will soon be underway in Dallas-Fort Worth following the April 27 groundbreaking ceremony for the Midtown Express. This project encompasses 14.8 miles of State Highway 183, from SH 121 to Interstate Highway 35E, 10.5 miles of SH 114 between SH 183 and International Parkway, and 2.5 miles of  Loop 12. Construction is expected to begin this spring, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The first phase of the project will cost $848 million and include design and reconstruction of the existing lanes and the addition of a TEXpress Lane in both directions of SH 183. TEXpress Lanes are also being added to SH 121 and Loop 12.

 

The project will redevelop SH 183, a roadway that dates to 1959 and received its latest upgrade, a third main lane in each direction, in 1973. Today, an estimated 150,000 to 170,000 vehicles per day travel the road between Fort Worth and Dallas. SouthGate Mobility Partners was awarded the bid for the first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed by 2018. The entire project is expected to cost $3.8 billion and include up to three TEXpress Lanes in each direction on SH 183 and two on SH 114 and Loop 12.

As part of the agreement, SouthGate will maintain the corridor for 25 years. The project will improve a corridor that covers five cities and two counties, improving existing bridges and building new ones where necessary to improve traffic flow through the heart of the growing region.

 

The Midtown Express will also provide travelers to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport better access to the south entrance. Drivers can sign up for text alerts and read additional information about the project at www.drivemidtown.com.

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$848 million

The approximate value of the first phase of the Midtown Express project, which will result in the rebuilding of portions of State Highway 183, SH 114 and Loop 12.

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