Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks substantial completion of 35Express Project


State and local officials, the Texas Department of Transportation and AGL Constructors celebrated Nov 8 the substantial completion of Phase 1 of the 35Express project.

“Today’s official ribbon-cutting on the I-35 expansion project is a tremendous accomplishment for the North Texas region,” state Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound said. “I am most proud of the incredible partnership that was formed here in Denton County with stakeholders of all levels that worked tirelessly to make this major mobility improvement a reality,”

Parker said the project came with many sacrifices from both citizens and everyone involved in the construction process.

“But we now have the opportunity to grow our economy, create more jobs, improve air quality and provide a much safer passage for the hundreds of thousands who utilize this critical section of I-35 everyday, he said.”

The project, which began in 2013, widened the roadway from US Highway 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. The project has increased mobility by adding an additional main lane in both directions and continuous frontage roads. It also added 18 miles of reversible TEXpress managed lanes. For more information on the project, click here.

“As the population of Denton County grows and the many travelers that visit us, I am glad that we have been proactive on working to complete critical transportation infrastructure in Denton County,” Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell said.

Currently, Phase 2 of the 35Express project is unfunded. TxDOT officials said they expect the next phase to begin 5 to 10 years from now.

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  1. I can NOT believe that those agencies think the project had been completed to satisfaction!!! IMO, there’s a lot left to be done… Resurfacing the original lanes of 35, definitely needs to be done so that it doesn’t feel like riding on a gravel road. BTW…I drove it today! Arrggh!!! Years of dealing with the expansion, only to have it be deemed “completed” and left in this shape. Terrible design for express lanes that end abruptly into the main lanes. The exit for George Bush tollway creates a horrible traffic back up that didn’t exist prior to the expansion.

  2. John F Martinez

    While expansion of highways may seem to help in traffic issues, It would only suffice the passing traffic. I am finding it hard to believe that it has done anything for commerce in the highly traveled areas of Lewisville. What is the attraction to entice anyone passing through Lewisville anyway? Why are businesses overlooking the frontage of Lewisville and flocking to Flower Mound, Lantana, Highland Village, Corinth and other surrounding areas??? Is the reason perhaps more obvious than just opening the roads to more traffic? Traffic is great if there is a motive.
    The picture is very clear and evident to me and I am sure it is to many other who have frequently driven around town. Sure, Old town Lewisville is getting their face lift, even though this area is not actually within plain site of the thoroughfares. Outdated business areas such as 1970 layouts at the intersections of Main and I-35 or 121 Business are clear to many passing cars. It is no wonder why the popularity tends to move on past us. “Ignore it and it will go away” , so they say… Even our High school has to take a back seat to higher commercial areas such as Flower Mound even though they are in the same School District. Our city really needs a face lift and competitive attractions to rival the outlying vacuum of commerce.

Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.
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