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Westpark Tollway – The Nation’s First All-Electronic Toll Road

Organization: 
Harris County Toll Road Authority
Award Category: 
President's Award
Award Year: 
2005

Submission Category: Technology
Construction of the Harris County Toll Road Authority’s new Westpark Tollway, a first-of-its-kind, totally electronic toll facility, began in June of 2001. The Toll Road Authority opened the first 8 miles of this EZ TAG-Only facility in May of 2004 and completion of the entire 14 miles of mainlanes was celebrated in June of 2005. The alignment of the Westpark Tollway begins in Houston’s Galleria area, just west of the 610 Loop and terminates at FM 1464 at the Harris/Ft. Bend County line. The Ft. Bend County Toll Road Authority has connected their new toll road with Harris County’s, which provides direct access to the Grand Parkway (US-99). Since opening the mainlanes in June, the new Westpark Tollway processed over 2.2 million transactions during the month of July, and numbers continue to grow.