Dallas North Tollway

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Dallas North Tollway
Route information
Length: 30.2 mi[1] (48.6 km)
Existed: 1968 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑35E / US 77 in Dallas
 

I‑635 in Dallas
President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas

SH 121 / Sam Rayburn Tollway in Plano
North end: US 380 in Frisco
FM 121 near Gunter (future)
Highway system
DNT at the Harry Hines Boulevard interchange
DNT facing north from the University Boulevard overpass
DNT at the Lovers Lane overpass
DNT just north of the Northwest Highway
DNT at the Alpha Road interchange
DNT at the Spring Valley Road interchange

The Dallas North Tollway (DNT, or simply the Tollway) is a 30.2-mile (49 km) controlled-access toll road operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), which runs from Interstate 35E near downtown Dallas, Texas (USA), to U.S. Highway 380, in Frisco, Texas.

The Dallas North Tollway was the first toll road in the United States to implement Electronic Toll Collection technology, with the introduction of the TollTag in 1989. TollTag users were originally charged $0.05 extra per transaction, but by 1999, the agency moved to the active encouragement of TollTag use by giving tag users a discount off the cash toll rate. In August 2007, the NTTA announced plans to phase out manned toll booths entirely by May 2010.[2][3] The Tollway was converted to all-electronic toll collection on December 11, 2010.[4]

North of I-635, the Dallas North Tollway is accompanied by frontage roads, which are designated as Dallas Parkway for address purposes. This is attributed to when Dallas Parkway was a major thoroughfare before being converted to the current Tollway configuration.[5]

History[edit]

The initial segment of the tollway ran from Interstate 35E to Royal Lane along an old St. Louis Southwestern Railway corridor. The right-of-way is generally 100 feet (30 m) along this segment, one of the narrowest controlled-access roads in Texas. The segment was completed in June 1968 and toll was originally 25 cents. The tollway was later extended to Briargrove Lane in 1987, to Headquarters Drive in 1994, to S.H. 121 and Gaylord Parkway in 2004, and to US 380 in 2007. The extensions generally parallel S.H. 289, also known as Preston Road. The "DNT Extension Phase 3," which runs from State Highway 121 to U.S. Highway 380, opened in mid-2007.[6]

Current tolls vary from $0.40 to $2.15 for a car with it being more expensive closer to downtown; the lone exception is the Eldorado Pkwy. toll plaza in Frisco. The Tolltag offers a discount on these rates (tolls are $0.30 to $1.41) but requires a prepayment of $40 for up to three transponders, and after that, TollTag accounts can be reloaded at a minimum of $10. Rates increased in September 2009 and will increase every two years.[7] All toll plazas are now equipped for electronic toll collection and main lane plazas feature TollTag express lanes.

Route description[edit]

The Dallas North Tollway begins at an interchange with I-35E and Harry Hines Boulevard in the Victory Park and Market Center areas of Dallas. Southbound traffic from the Tollway going onto I-35E must first get on the access road before entering onto the main freeway. At Wycliff Avenue in Oak Lawn the Tollway has its first toll plaza. The Tollway has its first northbound exit at Lemmon Avenue before entering into Highland Park. The city streets of Eastern Avenue and Roland Avenue run alongside the Tollway on the southbound and northbound sides respectively. Due to passing through a heavily populated area, high noise cancelling walls line the Tollway with numerous signs warning drivers about limited sight distance. At the Mockingbird Lane interchange, the Dallas North Tollway briefly enters into University Park before returning back to Dallas. Between Loop 12 and Northaven Road, the Tollway runs about a 1/4 mile west of SH 289 (Preston Road).

The Tollway interchanges with I-635 (LBJ Freeway) near the Galleria Dallas and runs along the eastern edge of Farmers Branch and enters into Addison. At the Dallas-Collin county line, the Tollway enters into extreme North Dallas and has an interchange with the President George Bush Turnpike and enters the city of Plano. The Dallas North Tollway runs by many shopping centers and housing developments. Going through northern Plano, the Tollway passes by the corporate headquarters of Pizza Hut. The Tollway interchanges with SH 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway and enters into Frisco, passing by the Dr Pepper Ballpark. Development along the Tollway begins to thin before it picks up again near Main Street, passing by Toyota Stadium. Development thins again before the Tollway runs through rural areas of north Frisco. The Dallas North Tollway ends at an interchange with US 380, with Dallas Parkway continuing north as a county road.

Future[edit]

At the Tollway's southern end, near downtown, the agency has rebuilt the road around the main toll plaza and added ramps at Oak Lawn Avenue. This project, started in 2006, ended in late fall 2008. On the southern sector of the tollway, the agency plans to spend about US$43 million to add an entrance and exit at Oak Lawn and rebuild most of the tollway surface from the Interstate 35E ramps to Lemmon Avenue. The tollway authority has completely rebuilt the aging toll plaza, adding a third TollTag express lane in each direction. This work coincides with major projects by the city of Dallas to rebuild part of Oak Lawn under the tollway, and by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to build a rail line along nearby Harry Hines Boulevard.

The North Texas Tollway Authority started work in January 2006 at seven north Dallas locations to improve ramps and add merging lanes. The project cost US$14 million. Northbound projects included adding acceleration or auxiliary lanes between Keller Springs and Trinity Mills roads and between Alpha and Spring Valley roads. Southbound projects include adding outside lane pavement at the President George Bush Turnpike exit; between the Bush Turnpike entrance ramp and Frankford Road; between the Frankford entrance ramp and Sojourn Drive; around the Keller Springs exit at the main lane toll plaza; and between the Keller Springs toll plaza and Spring Valley. The projects would noticeably lengthen many shorter merging lanes, including one at Trinity Mills where vehicles must merge quickly after driving around a curve.

Having completed the third extension north, NTTA plans to further extend Dallas Parkway from US 380 to the Grayson County line. It is planned to be a 13.5-mile (21.7 km) extension. A two-lane county road was upgraded from US 380 to Farm to Market Road 428 in Celina and is currently open to traffic. North of FM 428, a route has been established, but construction is far from complete.

Exit list[edit]

Toll rates are effective July 1st, 2013.[8] All exits are unnumbered.

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Dallas Dallas 0.00 0.00 I‑35E south (Stemmons Freeway) / Harry Hines Boulevard south – Downtown Dallas Southern terminus, interchange
0.20 0.32 Oak Lawn Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
0.80 1.29 Wycliff Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
0.90 1.45 Wycliff Main Lane Gantry ($1.40 TollTag, $2.10 ZipCash)
1.20 1.93 Lemmon Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Highland Park 2.40 3.86 Mockingbird Lane $1.02 TollTag, $1.53 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
University Park 3.30 5.31 Lovers Lane Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Dallas 4.40 7.08 Loop 12 (Northwest Highway) $0.70 TollTag, $1.05 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
5.20 8.37 Walnut Hill Lane Northbound exit and southbound entrance
6.50 10.46 Royal Lane $0.37 TollTag, $0.60 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
7.50 12.07 Forest Lane Northbound exit and southbound entrance
8.20 13.20 Harvest Hill Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
8.70 14.00 I‑635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway) Interchange
9.10 14.65 Alpha Road / Galleria Road – Galleria Dallas
Farmers Branch 10.00 16.09 Spring Valley Road / Verde Valley Lane / Quorum Drive $0.25 TollTag, $0.48 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
Addison 10.90 17.54 Belt Line Road / Arapaho Road $0.32 TollTag, $0.55 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
11.50 18.51 Keller Springs Road / Addison Airport Tunnel / Arapaho Road $0.49 TollTag, $0.74 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
13.00 20.92 Trinity Mills Main Line Gantry ($1.01 TollTag, $1.52 ZipCash)
Collin Dallas 13.40 21.57 Trinity Mills Road / Briargrove Lane Northbound exit and southbound entrance
14.20 22.85 Frankford Road / Haverwood Lane $0.25 TollTag, $0.48 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
14.90 23.98 President George Bush Turnpike Interchange
15.20 24.46 Plano Parkway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Plano 16.20 26.07 Chapel Hill Road / Park Boulevard $0.25 TollTag, $0.48 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
16.70 26.88 Parker Main Lane Gantry ($0.90 TollTag, $1.35 ZipCash)
17.20 27.68 Parker Road $0.53 TollTag, $0.80 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
17.80 28.65 Windhaven Parkway
18.80 30.26 Tennyson Parkway / Spring Creek Parkway $0.30 TollTag, $0.53 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
19.50 31.38 Legacy Drive $0.25 TollTag, $0.48 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
19.90 32.03 SH 121 / Headquarters Drive $0.25 TollTag, $0.48 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
20.40 32.83 Sam Rayburn Tollway / Ikea Drive – Lewisville, McKinney Interchange
Frisco 21.30 34.28 Gaylord Parkway / Warren Parkway $0.25 TollTag, $0.48 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
22.70 36.53 CR 18 (Lebanon Road) $0.36 TollTag, $0.59 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
23.30 37.50 Stonebrook Parkway $0.47 TollTag, $0.71 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
24.90 40.07 Cotton Gin Road / Main Street $0.76 TollTag, $1.14 ZipCash (northbound exit/southbound entrance)
25.90 41.68 Eldorado Main Lane Gantry ($1.58 TollTag, $2.37 ZipCash)
26.70 42.97 FM 2934 (Eldorado Parkway) $0.57 TollTag, $0.86 ZipCash (southbound exit/northbound entrance)
27.70 44.58 Panther Creek Parkway
29.70 47.80 CR 24 (Virginia Parkway) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
30.20 48.60 US 380 – Denton, Greenville
CR 27 (Dallas Parkway)
Northern terminus at an at-grade intersection
Dallas Parkway continues north as CR 27 (DNT Phase 4A)
Prosper 31.20 50.21 CR 3 (First Street) / Lovers Parkway At-grade intersection, future interchange (DNT Phase 4A)
32.20 51.82 CR 4 (Prosper Parkway) At-grade intersection, future interchange (DNT Phase 4A)
33.20 53.43 CR 5 (Frontier Parkway) At-grade intersection, future interchange (DNT Phase 4A)
34.10 54.88 CR 51 (Light Farms Way) At-grade intersection, future interchange (DNT Phase 4A)
Celina 34.90 56.17 CR 7 At-grade intersection, future interchange (DNT Phase 4A)
35.30 56.81 CR 51 (Proposed Outer Loop Freeway) At-grade intersection, future interchange (DNT Phase 4A)
36.40 58.58 FM 428 Northern terminus of CR 27, future interchange (DNT Phase 4A)
CR 54 Future interchange (DNT Phase 4B)
CollinDenton
county line
CR 5 / CR 8 (Mobberly Road) Future interchange (DNT Phase 4B)
  CR 9 Future interchange (DNT Phase 4B)
  Future Road 1 Future interchange (DNT Phase 4B)
  FM 455 Future interchange (DNT Phase 4B)
  Fritcher Road Future interchange (DNT Phase 4B)
  Future Road 2 Future interchange (DNT Phase 4B)
Grayson   Berend Road / Future Road 3 Future interchange (DNT Phase 5A)
  Jaresh Road / Future Road 4 Future interchange (DNT Phase 5A)
  Stiff Chapel Road / Future Road 5 Future interchange (DNT Phase 5A)
  FM 121 Future interchange (DNT Phase 5A)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Note: NTTA does not provide mile reference markers or exit numbers. However, reference markers are provided at 500-foot (150 m) intervals along the major corridors. These markers are installed on the top of the concrete traffic barrier along the DNT corridor. The reference marker corresponds to the station of the alignment in the construction plans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Maps
  2. ^ Lindenberger, Michael A (2007-08-15). "NTTA says goodbye to cash at toll booths". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  3. ^ "AllETC". Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  4. ^ "December2010SpecialEdition". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  5. ^ http://maps.google.com/maps/place?ftid=0x864c3c866a95acd3:0xfdcab511df21126&q=Dallas+Parkway,+Dallas,+TX&hl=en&ved=0CAwQ-gswAA&sa=X&ei=TsThUOSXB6eIwQGa94GgCA Dallas Pkwy, Dallas Google Maps
  6. ^ Tollway Extension To Open. NTTA. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2007-09-30 
  7. ^ New Toll Rates. NTTA. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-09-30 
  8. ^ "Toll Rate Charts". North Texas Tollway Authority. July 1, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing