The first managed toll lanes on the LBJ Express are scheduled to open Dec. 14 from just east of Preston Road to Greenville Avenue, transportation officials announced Wednesday. These toll lanes, called TEXpress Lanes, are the first of their kind in North Texas and the country because they have a guaranteed level of service of 50 mph, said Michael Morris, director of transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

“You should be able to go 50 mph if you want to any time of day in this particular corridor and the other TEXPress Lanes we have throughout the region,” Morris said. “You yourself decide what kind of hurry you’re in.”

For the first six months, there will be a fixed price depending on the time of day. After the trial period is over, the price will change based on traffic demand.

“It’s a comprehensive new way of how to manage the traffic in congested areas,” said Heather DeLapp, a spokeswoman for the LBJ Express. “Upon completion of construction, then we’ll be able to manage that traffic at 50 mph on the LBJ Express and all of these projects across the North Texas region.”

Other sections of the project will take longer to finish. On I-35E, the lanes are elevated on either side of the highway. These lanes are expected to be ready by the middle of 2014. On I-635, the lanes transition to the center and are actually below ground for the majority of that stretch. This stretch is scheduled to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016. Ultimately, these managed toll lanes will be on Interstate 35 from the junction with Loop 12 to Interstate 635 and then Interstate 635 to the junction with Highway 75.

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