Dallas-Fort Worth | North Texas, US

North Tarrant Express

The ultimate challenge: to build an expanded highway in one of the busiest, fastest growing urban areas in the US


NTE, one of America's most innovative and complex road building projects

The NTE is a 13.5 mile highway located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in north Texas. It is dedicated to improving mobility along a series of highways vital to the region, including IH-820 and SH 121/183.

The North Tarrant Express corridor is one of the most congested in the United States. Actually, the clients can choose the new managed lanes because it offer faster, safer and more reliable travel.


Managed lanes: a new mobility concept

Managed lanes offer a solution to the problem of congestion in urban areas that are unable to develop new roadways due to lack of space.

The NTE project rebuilds the existing highway and adds new managed toll lanes that will be totally electronic and without collection booths.  Traffic will move more freely and a greater number of vehicles will be handled by the facility.

A public-private partnership with the State of Texas

The NTE project is creating about 2,000 jobs in Texas, contributing to the job creation and economic development recovery in the United States. 
Additionally, a significant number of the region's small businesses, contractors, suppliers and vendors will be involved in this critical project.

NTE: recognized around the world

One of the most respected transport infrastructure associations -ARTBA- named NTE "Project of the Year" in 2010 as one of the most innovative, thorough and complex highways under development in the United States.

The prestigious Infrastructure Journal also recognized NTE as the "2009 Global Transport Deal of the Year".

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    ConcessionaireNTE Mobility Partners
    LocationDallas/Fort Worth, North Texas
    CustomerTexas Department of Transportation
    Equity structure56,7% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.
    33,3% Meridiam
    10% Dallas Police and Fire Pension System
    Opening date2015
    Concession start date2009
    Concession end date2061
    Duration52 years
    PurposePlan, design, finance, construct, maintain and enhance.
    Managed investment€ 1.592,3 B
    Jobs created100+ local contractor and vendor firms will be utilized during construction
    Length of the highway13.5 miles (21,4 km)
    Number of lanes2 tolled lanes and 2-3 free lanes each way
    Toll systemOpen (free flow)
    Payment methods acceptedElectronic (TxTag or Pay by Mail)

    This highway system has been part of the Texas Mobility Plan for more than 20 years.

    In only one year, Cintra was able to design the project, achieve financial close and commence construction of the NTE project.

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