The newest section of the President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension (aka State Highway 161 toll road) is now open to traffic. Two main lanes in each direction from north of Interstate 30 south to I-20 are open including a four-level interchange connecting I-20 to Western Extension and six of the eight direct-connector ramps and bridges at the I-30 interchange.
The SH 161 toll road (now Western Extension) from the interchange at SH 183 south to Egyptian Way were built under the direction of the Texas Department of Transportation and opened to traffic in August 2009. With the opening of the newest portion of the roadway, the entire length of the PGBT has increased from 40 to 52 miles.
Remaining phases to open to traffic:
The only direct connectors still closed and under construction are the west bound I-30 to north bound SH 161 and west bound I-30 to south bound SH 161. These direct connectors are scheduled to open in early 2013. In addition, the SH 161 frontage road and at-grade railroad crossings between Main and Jefferson streets in Grand Prairie are scheduled to open at the end of the year.
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. 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 www.NTTA.org, by calling 972-818-NTTA (6882).