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Stretch of new toll lanes along I-635 set to open next month

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After two years of construction along the busiest corridor in Texas, relief is in sight.

On Dec. 14, phase one of the LBJ Express Project will open a 3.2-mile stretch of toll lanes along I-635 from Greenville to Hillcrest Road.

The new freeway lanes are already open, and the toll lanes are going to be called TEXpress lanes.

The tolls will be determined by on and off-peak rush hours.

Engineers want north Texans to start using the TEXpress lanes to get familiar with them, and at the same time, they can work to resolve any issues.

The TEXpress lanes come with a guarantee that drivers will be able to go at least 50 miles an hour.

"The beauty of having free lanes and express lanes is you can adjust what that toll is every six minutes and manage the flow on both of the corridors in order to optimize the 50-mile-an-hour speed on the express lane," said Michael Morris, transportation director of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The tolls will range anywhere from 15 cents up to a dollar, depending on the time of day and traffic congestion.

All 17 miles of the nearly $3 billion project will be open in December of 2015.

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