For a couple decades there's been an HOV (high-occupancy vehicle lane) on both the northbound and southbound sides between I-635 in North Dallas and SH 121 in McKinney.
Now, TxDOT wants to turn that space into a "technology lane."
During peak hours (7 a.m. - 9 a.m. northbound and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. southbound) the tech lane would be for HOVs, low-emission vehicles and motorcycles. And the other 22 hours of the day, single-occupant vehicles can also use the lanes.
"The good news for motorists is that those pylons that are out there that delineate between the regular lanes and that HOV lane will be gone," says Tony Hartzel with TxDOT. "That double-white stripe will be gone. And 22 hours out of every day, motorists will be able to use that lane."
Hartzel says TxDOT is currently in the public hearing phase of the project through March 31. But, so far, feedback has been good.
Hartzel says they expect to award a bid sometime this summer, and then start construction later this year.
The $57-million project is estimated to take three years to complete.
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