Thursday, August 2, 2012

Border Highway Toll Lane Signage Revealed in RFP

The Cesar Chavez Border Highway will reopen completely next year with an additional lane in each direction, and a new Request for Proposals (RFP) at the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) website is giving us an early glimpse of what type of signage the new tolled, "managed" lanes will provide. The CRRMA is overseeing construction of the project which stretches from US-54 to the Zaragoza Port of Entry.

New signs will advise commuters that the express toll lanes are ahead, and drivers will have the option of using them or remaining on the free lanes. The inside lane in each direction will be the managed lane while the two outside main lanes will remain free. Initial construction plans simply constructed new inside lanes, but community response led to the Texas Department of Transportation's decision to reconstruct the main lanes as well. New sound barrier walls are also part of the project, and landscape elements have recently been added.

Signs at toll lane entrance points will let drivers know the current toll fee to travel to the next exit point. There will be a price for those who are registered with the state's TxTag system and a different price for those who will pay the toll by mail. Presumably, those who are TxTag users will enjoy a lower rate.

Gantries located in the tollway's divider will record toll lane usage and bill drivers accordingly. The RFP is seeking a provider of "toll system integration services including design, procurement, installation, testing, operations, and maintenance services."

Construction is ongoing and scheduled to be completed in 2013.

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