The Texas Department of Transportation and its chosen contractor broke ground Friday, Oct. 4, on a 28-mile expansion of Interstate 35 through eight cities in Denton and Dallas counties.
Dubbing the $4.8 billion project the 35Express, TxDOT says the expansion through Denton, Corinth, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek, Highland Village, Lewisville, Carrollton and Farmers Branch could save motorists 1.7 million hours per year.
I-35 currently carries 210,000 vehicles per day according to the agency.
TxDOT chose AGL Contractors as its partner for the project. The first phase will be completed in early 2017, paid for with federal, state and local funds as well as toll revenue from State Highway 121.
Highlights of the project provided by the agency include:
- Construction of a new southbound bridge across Lake Lewisville and the addition of frontage roads and a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists;
- Widening of the bridges at Post Oak Road and Corinth Parkway;
- Reconstruction of the bridges at Garden Ridge Boulevard and Farm-to-Market Road 407;
- Additional direct connect ramps at the I-35E/Sam Rayburn Tollway interchange; and
- Reconstruction of the Belt Line Road interchange.