Sam Rayburn Tollway

A fuel spill from an 18-wheeler closed down Sam Rayburn Tollway for about three hours, Monday morning.

Rowlett commuters may be affected by a tollway project to begin this year by The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). This project is to make improvements to the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SRT) that will begin in Coppell and end in McKinney.

According to NTTA officials, The SRT Fourth Lane Project will consist of constructing an additional lane in each direction along the entire 26-mile toll road, from west of Denton Tap Road to U.S. 75.

In addition, ramp improvements will be made between the Dallas North Tollway and Preston Road to separate traffic for motorists exiting northbound from the SRT to Preston Road and for motorists entering SRT from the Dallas North Tollway. Auxiliary lanes will also be added in various locations along the corridor to improve ramp merging areas.

The project is expected to help the toll road keep up with the demand of increased traffic, according to officials.

Michael Rey, NTTA media relations manager, said once completed the improvements should ease congestion.

“I think you’ll see more dramatically increased capacity and see a more effective tollway,” he said.

Rey said the construction will come from the center median. All the construction will take place behind the wall and that certain median, he said.

Intersection improvements will be at Denton Tap, MacArthur Boulevard, Hebron Parkway (eastbound) and Josey Lane, among others.

During the project traffic delays are expected to be minimal.

 “We don’t expect too much traffic delays,” Rey said. “In the big scheme things I don’t think drivers will see much too much disruption to their lives.

The project will begin this month and is projected to be finished in late 2021.

Locally, the Main Street reconstruction – roundabout to PGBT construction is expected to be completed by April 2019. Improvements to Dalrock and SH 66 with funding pending through TxDOT, NCTCOG, RCPC, DCCC, COR. Design completion is expected for winter 2019 with the project slated to start in 2021 at the earliest because it’s going through TxDOT process.

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