North Texas Tollway Authority June committee meetings are cancelled.
PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH TURNPIKE, DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY IMPROVEMENTS COMING
PLANO, Texas – May 21, 2015 – Construction is now underway on several North Texas Tollway Authority projects aimed at improving traveling conditions for motorists on President George Bush Turnpike and Dallas North Tollway. The projects respond to the increase in traffic demand and on-going commercial and residential development in the project areas.
“NTTA is focused on meeting the traffic demands on our transportation system,” said NTTA Assistant Executive Director of Infrastructure Elizabeth Mow. “These projects will provide a significant benefit to the traveling public when they are complete. We appreciate our customers’ patience during construction.”
Contractors began placing concrete barriers for the PGBT Fourth Lane Project from DNT to Renner Road May 18. Construction for this first phase of work is anticipated to last 18 months. A second phase of construction, from SH 78 to Renner Road and the DNT to I-35E, will begin late in 2016.
Meanwhile, the first phase construction also is set to begin along DNT. A fourth lane will be added in each direction of DNT between PGBT and Sam Rayburn Tollway. Additionally, the existing direct-connector ramps on the north side of the DNT/PGBT interchange will be reconfigured to add another lane. Improvements of the ramps between Parker Road and Windhaven Parkway and the addition of new ramps north of Windhaven Parkway also will be part of this construction.
In 2016, work is expected to begin on improvements further south on DNT from PGBT to I-635. Those improvements will include restriping to add a fourth lane on DNT from PGBT to Belt Line Road.
NTTA JOINS RED THUMB MOVEMENT TO HELP END TEXTING AND DRIVING
PLANO, Texas – May 20, 2015 – The North Texas Tollway Authority is joining the Red Thumb movement – a safety campaign aimed at ending texting and driving by encouraging drivers to make some part of their thumbs red to remind them to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, cell phones are related to 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives. Moreover, individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.
“Safety is paramount at NTTA, and we want to remind drivers to do their part in decreasing these numbers,” said Director of System and Incident Management Eric Hemphill. “It’s a simple idea: Stay Alive. Just Drive.”
With support from the City of Dallas Fire & Rescue and Police departments, NTTA launched participation in the Red Thumb movement at its regularly scheduled monthly board meeting Wednesday. More regional partnerships are in the works.
Drivers can show their support by wearing a specially made NTTA “W8 2 TXT” thumb band, or paint their thumb nails red – anything that will make them think "STOP" as they reach for their phones while driving. Thumb bands are available for free at any NTTA storefront. Drivers can also visit NTTA’s blog, DrivingNorthTexas, and take a virtual pledge not to text and drive.
Drivers can also follow NTTA’s Red Thumb movement on NTTA via social media: Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #RedThumbNTTA.
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NTTA JOINS RED THUMB MOVEMENTAuthority to kick-off support of safety campaign aimed at ending texting and driving
With support from the City of Dallas Fire & Rescue and Police departments, the North Texas Tollway Authority is joining the Red Thumb movement – a safety campaign aimed at ending texting and driving by encouraging drivers to make some part of the their thumbs red to remind them to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.
Wednesday, May 2010 a.m.
NTTA Boardroom5900 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093
The launch will provide a visual demonstration of NTTA’s support of the Red Thumb movement. During its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the NTTA Board of Directors will acknowledge the city of Dallas as a partner in the initiative, specifically recognizing the Dallas Police and Dallas Fire-Rescue departments. NTTA staff also will be on hand distributing red thumb bands and inviting board meeting attendees and guests to take a virtual pledge not to text and drive.