Beginning this week, the high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be closed for an 18-mile stretch from west of Fielder Road in Arlington to Sylvan Avenue in Dallas. The closure is expected to last about two years, and during that time drivers won’t have access to the single HOV lane in each direction connecting Arlington’s entertainment district and AT&T Stadium to downtown Dallas.
The plan calls for expanding the area to two lanes in each direction, and making it possible for drivers of single-occupant vehicles to use the lanes for a toll.
The new toll lanes will be branded TEXPress lanes, to symbolize how the lanes will be designed expressly for those who wish to travel long distances without exiting. Unlike the old HOV lanes, which were open for eastbound traffic in the morning and westbound traffic in the afternoon, the new lanes beginning in 2015 will be open in both directions, around the clock.