Work has begun on the $1.02bn Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Connector in the US city of Dallas, to rebuild the corridor through Southlake, Grapevine and the north edge of the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport.

Initially, a 8.4-mile section of the 14.4-mile project will be constructed, which includes 12-14 new main lanes and four toll-managed lanes, doubling the existing highway capacity.

These improvements are expected to cut congestion for drivers in Tarrant County as well as enable State Highway 114 to handle growing traffic, which is expected to reach 359,000 vehicles by 2030 compared to today’s 189,000.

The total project, part funded by $250m in recovery funds, is expected to be finished by 2014.