Frequently Asked Questions
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1. When did construction begin?
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved all plans and schedules for the DFW Connector Project in early December, and construction began on February 17, 2010.
2. When was construction completed?
The project reached substantial completion in Nov. 13, and NorthGate Constructors achieved final acceptance in Mar. 2014.
1. How was the project built?
TxDOT selected NorthGate Constructors as the best value proposer to deliver this design-build project as part of a Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA) that was finalized in October 2009.
2. What is a Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA)?
A comprehensive development agreement (CDA) is the tool TxDOT uses to enable private development of and, in some cases, private investments in the Texas transportation system. There are no private sector funds being used to finance the DFW Connector Project, but rather a single entity (NorthGate Constructors) will be responsible for developing, designing, constructing and maintaining the project. Other CDA projects in North Texas involve public/private partnerships to accelerate construction through the use of private financing. These projects include the North Tarrant Expressway and the LBJ-635 Project.
3. What is design-build?
The term "design-build" means that construction begins in areas where design is complete, while at the same time plans are developed for other segments of the work. By simultaneously carrying out design and construction activities, project completion can be accelerated to minimize overall costs due to escalating material prices and rising wages. This means that in only four years, North Texans were able to see improved mobility and safety on the completed DFW Connector Project.
1. How was the project being funded?
No private funds were used for this project. Funding for this $1.02 billion project included $696 million from public gas taxes, $261 million in Federal funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $127 million in Proposition 14 bonds used for right-of-way acquisitions.
1. Who is the project’s owner?
The Texas Department of Transportation is the project’s owner.
2. Who is the project's Contractor?
The DFW Connector Project was designed and constructed by NorthGate Constructors, a joint venture between two of Texas' most respected organizations in the highway construction industry – Fort Worth-based Kiewit Texas Construction L.P. and San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Corporation.
1. Will there be any more closures for the project now that construction is complete?
Only closures required for capital maintenance will be needed. Please visit the Lane Closures page to stay up-to-date on maintenance closures, as well as closures required for current construction at the SH 121/360 Interchange.
1. What is right of way?
Right of way is land acquired by purchase, gift or eminent domain in order to build and maintain a public road. The state of Texas owns the right of way on the DFW Connector.
1. How can I get more information about the project?
There are many different ways to get information about the project:
- To subscribe to text message and e-mail alerts click here.
- Call our toll-free information hotline at 877.411.4212 with any questions about the project.
- Schedule a speaker for your neighborhood association or community group to discuss the project.
- Visit our Information Storefront, located at 7651 Esters Blvd. in Irving, Texas. The storefront is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2. How can I be sure my comments and questions are heard?
Submit your comment or question through the DFW Connector Web site at www.DFWConnector.com.
Comments can also be submitted at any time during the project, either in person, by phone, US mail, e-mail, delivery or fax to:
7651 Esters Blvd.
Building A, Ste. 100
Irving, Texas 75063
Phone: (972) 536-8620
Fax: (972) 692-6727
1. What are toll managed lanes?
Toll managed lanes are designed for the long-distance daily commuter wanting the most reliable and time-saving commute. Those drivers can anticipate traffic to flow at a minimum of 50 mph.
Drivers can expect to pay more for managed lane service during peak travel times than at off-peak hours. For example, when demand is low, a lower toll rate will be charged. When demand is high, such as during peak commute times, a higher rate will apply. Certain High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV), such as buses and van pools, could pay a lower rate during peak hours.
2. Why are there toll managed lanes on this project?
Managed lanes are part of a regional strategy to reduce congestion by using variable pricing to provide a consistent 50-mph rate of travel. If it weren't for managed lanes, even a rebuilt DFW Connector would eventually become congested. By managing demand, users will be able to choose whether to use the lanes to ensure a reliable trip. Those who use the four-mile managed lane section will pay an average of 16 cents per mile when the project opens, thereby reducing congestion in the general purpose lanes.
3. Do I have to pay a toll to use this corridor?
No. Drivers may choose between the non-tolled main lanes or the toll managed lanes. At its widest point, the highway includes 13 to 14 general purpose lanes plus two tolled managed lanes in each direction. The managed lanes are located in the existing median on SH 114.
4. Does the project have toll booths?
No. The managed lanes use an electronic tolling system. With an electronic toll tag, tolls are deducted automatically from your prepaid toll account (TxTag, Tolltag or EZ TAG).
1. What roadway improvements were made as part of the DFW Connector Project?
The 8.4-mile, $1.02 billion project rebuilt portions of four highways, two major interchanges and five intersection bridges. Improvements that were made as part of this project include:
- Reconstructing and expanding the SH 114 and SH 121 interchange.
- Adding tolled managed lanes to SH 114.
- Building continuous frontage road lanes along SH 114 between William D. Tate and Northwest Highway.
- At the widest point along SH 114 between Texan Trail and International Parkway, the highway corridor is now 24 lanes wide.
2. How many general purpose lanes are there?
The number of general purpose lanes varies from location to location, but as a general rule there are:
- Four to six general purpose lanes along SH 114 between SH 1709 and William D. Tate
- Three to five northbound lanes and three southbound lanes along SH 121 near the merge with SH 114
- Six to eight westbound lanes and six eastbound lanes along SH 114/SH 121 from the merge near William D. Tate to International Parkway
- Four to seven northbound lanes and three to six southbound lanes along SH 121 between the north entrance to DFW Airport and I-635