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Project Profile: North Tarrant Express I-820 and SH 121/183 (Segments 1 and 2A)

North Tarrant Express I-820 and SH 121/183 (Segments 1 and 2A)

photo credit: NTE Mobility Partners


Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Project Sponsor / Borrower

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
NTE Mobility Partners, LLC (the Concession Company and TIFIA borrower)

Program Areas

P3Project FinanceTolling and PricingTIFIA


Highway / Managed Lanes


On June 23, 2009, TxDOT awarded two Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs - equivalent to public-private partnerships) for the North Tarrant Express (NTE) project to NTE Mobility Partners. The first Concession CDA includes the design, development, construction, finance, maintenance, and operation of 13 miles along Interstate (IH) 820 (Segment 1) and State Highway (SH) 121/SH 183 from IH 35W to SH 121, from north of Fort Worth to just southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (Segment 2A). The duration of the concession is 52 years.

The existing highway includes two general purpose lanes in each direction. Proposed improvements include three general purpose lanes in each direction with two managed lanes in each direction for a total of ten lanes with frontage roads for future traffic volumes.

The second CDA for Segments 2-4 includes developing master plans for the remainder of the corridors along SH 183 from SH 121 to SH 161 (Segment 2E), IH 820 east from SH 121/SH 183 south to Randol Mill Road (Segment 4), and along IH 35W from IH 30 to the Eagle Parkway in Tarrant and Dallas counties (Segments 3A, 3B, and 3C), as well as other facilities for connectivity, safety, and financing.

As a result of the master planning activities, TxDOT and the concessionaire entered into a Facility Agreement to construct Segment 3A and operate and maintain this segment as well as Segment 3B, which is being constructed by TxDOT. TxDOT will also construct Segment 3C.

When all phases are completed, the Project will comprise 36 miles of managed lanes.


$2,122 million

Funding Sources

Private Activity Bond Proceeds - $398 million

TIFIA Loan - $650 million

Public Funds - $594 million

Equity Contribution - $426 million

TIFIA capitalized interest - $54 million

Project Delivery / Contract Method

Design-build-finance-operate-maintain Toll Concession (52 years)

Private Partner

NTE Mobility Partners, LLC (the Concession Company)

  • Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A.
  • Meridiam Infrastructure
  • Dallas Police and Fire Pension System
Other Private Partners
  • Ferrovial Agromán S.A.
  • W.W. Webber, LLC
  • Earth Tech, Inc.
  • Maunsell Australia Proprietary Limited
  • Aguirre & Fields, LP
  • Ross Communications
  • CSJ Engineering Assoc.
Project Advisors / Consultants

To the Borrower

  • Financial Advisor - J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.
  • Financial Advisor - Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
  • Counsel to the Concession Company - White & Case LLP
  • Counsel to the Concession Company - Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • Sponsor's Traffic Consultant - AECOM Enterprises
  • Lenders' Traffic Advisor - Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Independent Engineer - CH2M Hill, Inc.


  • TIFIA Legal Advisor - Hawkins Delafield & Wood, LLP
  • TIFIA Financial Advisor - Montague DeRose and Associates, LLP/High Street Consulting Group, LLC

Bondholders, USDOT TIFIA

Duration / Status

Commercial close (CDA execution) occurred on June 23, 2009
Construction began in October 2010. The facility opened to traffic on October 4, 2014.

TIFIA Credit Assistance

Direct Loan - $650.0 million

The TIFIA loan will be repaid with project revenues, which include all income, tolls, revenues, rates, fees, charges, rentals, or other receipts derived by or related to the operation of the Project.

Financial Status / Financial Performance

TIFIA credit agreement was executed on December 16, 2009
Financial close occurred on December 17, 2009

A cash-funded debt service reserve will be available for the senior lien bonds and TIFIA.

  • State-of-the-art electronic toll collection system with open architecture, ensuring a seamless, free flow operation of the managed lanes.
  • Innovative financing package including PABs and TIFIA credit assistance. Second PABs issuance under the $15 billion of authority provided to DOT by SAFETEA-LU.
  • The first transportation infrastructure project in the U.S. to reach financial close with direct investment by a pension fund.
Related Links / Articles

TxDOT Project Website

NTE Mobility Partners Project Website


Scott Hall
TxDOT Project Manager
Tel: (817) 341-9254

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