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Newest Segment of SH 161 to Open Monday, Oct. 15
Posted Date: 10/3/2012

The North Texas Tollway Authority is scheduled to open the newest portion of the President George Bush Turnpike (also known as State Highway 161) by morning rush hour Monday, Oct. 15, weather permitting.

The main lanes from just north of I-30 south to I-20 will be fully open to traffic, in addition to the four-level interchange at I-20 and five of the eight direct connector ramps and bridges at the I-30 interchange.

The last part of the phased opening will be the three I-30 direct connectors listed below and the 161 frontage road at-grade rail road crossings between Main Street and Jefferson Street in Grand Prairie, which will open later [view map].

  • Westbound I-30 to southbound PGBT Western Extension
  • Westbound I-30 to northbound PGBT Western Extension
  • Southbound PGBT Western Extension to eastbound I-30

Do you have your TollTag?
First time toll tag user? Get your Toll Tag at the Grand Prairie Tourist Center, 2170 N. Belt Line Road, today! Just bring your drivers license, license plate number for all vehicles you would like to purchase a TollTag for, and a debit or credit card. You will fill out an online form, pay with your credit card and receive your TollTag immediately! The Tourist Center is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $40 per TollTag and you may keep the money on your TollTag for many years or reload as needed. NTTA TollTags work on all Texas toll roads and at DFW Airport.

Toll rates for the newest portion of the President George Bush Turnpike are set and will go into effect when the roadway opens. Aligned with the toll rates on the rest of the NTTA facility, TollTag customers traveling on the Western Extension will pay 15.3 cents per mile, while ZipCash customers will pay 50 percent more. The cost difference is due to the higher costs of toll collection associated with ZipCash transactions.

You can also easily open a TollTag account at, by calling 972-818-NTTA (6882).