North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) are due to open their sixth toll facility, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge August 1. The bridge is part of a 22km (14 mile) east-west surface arterial route between I-35E on its western end and Dallas North Tollway on its eastern end. Apart from the bridge the route is untolled and is being built by TxDOT Denton County and local cities, Frisco and Little Elm.
July 2 2009 should be recorded as an important date in tollroad history. It was the day Chinese regulators gave the green light to Sichuan Expressway Company's Initial Private Offering (IPO) of shares in Shanghai, while in Texas, USA the legislature adjourned for 18 months slamming the door on investor pikes.
Dallas Morning News' Michael Lindenberger got the story first that the recently signed 52 year concession contract between Cintra and partners and TxDOT for the North Tarrant Express project is being held up by the state Attorney General, Greg Abbott on the grounds that it is not "legally sufficient." He has been arguing that the contract is unconstitutional and the News quotes him: "The Texas Constitution says that one Legislature cannot financ
The Trinity tollroad will be delayed at least 20 months with more work needed to evaluate the Trinity River flood levees on which it is planned to be constructed. The US Army Corps of Engineers said recently it couldn't approve construction on the river levees without some 1500 bore samples being taken and remediation to allow the levees to withstand an 800-year flood event.
The much fought-over State Highway 121 tollroad is being formally renamed in a ceremony next week the Sam Rayburn Tollway. That will be the second major toll authority facility in the United States named after a famous speaker of the US House of Representatives, the first having been Thomas 'Tip' O'Neill (1912-1994).
State Highway 45 Southeast tollroad (TR) opened today May 7, the fifth pike in the Austin Texas metro area. A 12km (7.5 mile) 4-lane expressway it provides improved east-west connectivity in the southern part of the Texas' capital area, as well as being the final leg, in combination with SH130 tollroad, of an eastern bypass or half-belt route on the eastside of the 1m pop metro area.
Bob Daigh Austin district engineer at TxDOT is leaving at the month's end. Daigh has been the key figure in developing a network of tollroads around the Texas capital area. In his mid-50s he's got another good career ahead of him. We haven't heard whether he has another job lined up, but given his accomplishments in the state capital there should be plenty of people with offers.
Texas bill allows state highways to be tolled in rebuild if pre-existing number of untolled lanes keptBy Peter Samuel on April 3, 2009
A bill has passed the Texas senate that will allow the tolling of presently free state highways so long as at least the existing number of free lanes is maintained. The bill SB220 which has passed the state senate 31/0 allows the reconstruction of an existing tax-financed state highway with tolls if the same or more untolled lanes are provided as existed prior to reconstruction.
Legislation is moving through the Texas legislature to virtually preclude further private tollroad development in the state. SB17 sponsored by state senator Robert Nichols (Republican) builds on SB792 the 'moratorium' bill of 2007 and is even more hostile to private toll concessions.
Michael Huerta group president of transportation at ACS (Affiliated Computer Systems) is being replaced by Dave Amoriell, from IBM and Lockheed. Lynn Blodgett, ACS president and chief executive officer is quoted: "We are getting an exceptional and distinguished leader in Dave. His considerable experience and vision will allow him and our Transportation Solutions Group to address the complex transportation challenges facing governments around the world.