The town of Prosper hosted to an informational meet and greet with the North Texas Tollway Authority Thursday, where NTTA and town staff presented community members with information regarding regional transportation projects. This included information on the planned expansion of the Dallas North Tollway to the north of U.S. Highway 380.
Referred to as Dallas North Tollway Phase 4, the project is still currently in the planning and design phase, and the hope is to have Phase 4 extend the tollway 13.7 miles north of Hwy. 380. When the extension is concluded, it will provide a direct connection between downtown Dallas and the ever-growing counties of Collin, Denton and Grayson. As of now, there is no set opening date for this project.
Phase 4 is broken up into two parts — Phase 4A and Phase 4B. Phase 4A will be go from Hwy. 380 to FM 428, and Phase 4B will be from FM 428 extending north to the Grayson County line. Following this, there will be a proposed Grayson County Tollway which will be a Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority project that could potentially extend the toll road into Grayson County.
Additionally, there was information given regarding improvement projects on the Dallas North Tollway. The projects are a number of various enhancements to the entire 32 miles of DNT between Hwy. 380 and Interstate 35E. The improvements will be used to add capacity, help traffic flow and minimize traffic impacts to commuters as the maintenance takes place.
One part of these improvements that directly involve Prosper are the additions of a bridge structure and braided ramps, which are designed to help reduce issues with merging and exiting traffic.
“What the Town of Prosper is cost participating in is a pair of ramps that would be directly exited to the frontage road between U.S. 380 and Lovers Lane,” Pete Anaya, assistant director of engineering for Prosper, said. “The bridge overpass over 380 will help alleviate the traffic congestion that happens at the U.S. 380/ Dallas North Tollway frontage road area that tends to get backed up. With this new bridge structure, that congestion in that area will be greatly reduced.”