Leaders across North Texas are calling for improvements to a section of Hwy. 183, which runs along the south end of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

This stretch of road is known to be one of the busiest in Texas, ranking on the top 100 list of Texas’ most congested roadways list compiled by Texas A&M Transportation Institute in 2022.

According to a press release, the North Texas Commission, other business organizations, chambers of commerce, elected officials, community leaders, transportation planners and the DFW Airport are asking for needed capacity improvements to the highway following the recent announcement of the airport’s expansion. Leaders say these improvements could come at no cost to taxpayers, instead being funded through area tollway revenue.

The North Texas Commission proposes that the improvements to the highway would be paid by the North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners. NTE built and maintains the Texpress lanes on I-35 and I-820.

“We know full well the far-reaching benefits of the innovative North Tarrant Express to the region’s economy and drivers alike,” said Chris Wallace, president and CEO of the North Texas Commission, in a news release. “Let’s continue to leverage the public-private partnership that brought us the NTE by improving this segment of SH 183 at no construction cost to Texas taxpayers, and faster than is possible with traditional funding. Thanks to this public-private partnership, none of the NTE enhancements will cost local or state taxpayers any funds.”

Support for improving Hwy. 183 comes from a number of mayors and organizations across the region, according to the news release.

Supporting mayors

Mayors throughout the metro area added their name to the list to show support for the improvements.
  • Michael Boyter, city of Bedford
  • Bob Dubey, city of Richardson
  • Clyde C. Hairston, city of Lancaster
  • Jim Jarratt, city of Granbury
  • Linda Martin, city of Euless
  • Wes Mays, city of Coppell
  • Jim Ross, city of Arlington
  • Rick Stopfer, city of Irving
  • Jeannette Tiffany, town of Trophy Club
  • Oscar Trevino, city of North Richland Hills
  • Henry Wilson, city of Hurst
Supporting organizations

Along with the mayors, a number of chamber of commerces and organization have also backed idea to have the toll owner to pay for road work.
  • Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
  • Frisco Chamber of Commerce
  • Garland Chamber of Commerce
  • Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce
  • Invest Texas Council
  • Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  • North Texas Commission
  • Richardson Chamber of Commerce
  • Rowlett Chamber of Commerce
  • Texas Association of Businesses