Tollway project gets green light
Authority approves expansion through Prosper and Celina
Staff Writer

The North Texas Tollway Authority has approved a 6-mile extension to the Dallas North Tollway in Collin County, giving the go-ahead for the road to roll north through Prosper and Celina.

The approval Wednesday of Phase 4A of construction means work is scheduled to begin in the spring, extending the highway from U.S. Highway 380 to FM 428.

“We are excited to expand the DNT, a backbone of North Texas, to provide travel options to new communities,” Elizabeth Mow, NTTA assistant executive director of infrastructure, said in a news release. “History has shown, where NTTA roads go, economic development and prosperity soon follow.”

Michael Rey, media relations manager for NTTA, said the extension will include three main lanes in each direction and, weather permitting, will open to traffic by the end of 2027.

Rey said the projected cost is $460 million.

During a discussion before the vote, which was on the consent agenda, Director George “Tex” Quesada asked about diversity regarding construction services.

“This is a very large construction project,” Quesada said. “Can you describe for me what you did to make sure that we’re getting as much diversity performance and hence competition in this project?”

Moses Aito, NTTA director of business diversity, said the goal from the onset was to identify the scope of work that could be achieved by disadvantaged, minority- and woman-owned businesses.

Aito said after identifying such firms, they started outreach efforts.

“We brought in all the potential prime contractors in the D/M/WB community for them to engage … and formed teams to pursue this project,” Aito said. “We will continue to work to make sure we not only meet the goal but possibly exceed the goal, and if we need to do additional targeted outreach efforts that we have done in the past, we will continue to do so on this project.”

The future Phase 4B of the tollway, which will be 7.7 miles long, will extend from FM 428 to the Grayson County line.

Rey said 4B is on planning maps, but is likely years away.

Construction began on the tollway project into Prosper and Celina in February 2020 with the extension of a bridge over U.S. 380, which opened to traffic in March. In Frisco, tollway widening and improvement work is ongoing between the Sam Rayburn Tollway and U.S. 380.