Residents of southeastern Tarrant County will finally have a faster way to connect with the rest of the Metroplex, but it won't be for free.
The 9.7-mile toll road will open sometime late Friday or Saturday. There's a Friday morning ribbon-cutting that's not open to the public.
The toll road will run from just south of Interstate 20 at Camp Wisdom/Sublett Road to U.S. 287. The $340 million project is being built by the Texas Department of Transportation but will be operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority.
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"We're just excited to see it come to fruition," said Mansfield Mayor David Cook. "I think primarily you'll see people commuting to DFW Airport and to Dallas County, but it will really help connect Mansfield to the rest of the Metroplex."
While there's been an anti-toll sentiment elsewhere in Texas, Cook said the road is badly needed in southeastern Tarrant County.
"Obviously in a perfect world, this would not be a toll road, but it really represents driver choice," Cook said. "If you don't want to pay the tolls, you can still use the service roads for free."
Arlington officials have also applauded the new toll road for improving congestion in the southern part of the city, especially along Matlock Road and Collins Street.
“It really enlarges the area from where we can draw skilled workers for Arlington,” Mayor Jeff Williams said in January. “That 30-minute travel window to Arlington really expands. You’re talking places like Lancaster, DeSoto and Cedar Hill.”
The 360 Tollway will also be known by two other names.
One portion will be known as the Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway in honor of the civil rights icon, from the Mansfield city limits to East Sublett Road/West Camp Wisdom Road in Tarrant County. Another portion will be named the Senator Chris Harris Memorial Highway after the longtime Arlington legislator. That section will run from the intersection with U.S. 287 in Ellis County to the city limits of Mansﬁeld in Tarrant County.