IAI - Board of Directors
Mark A. Bouma, P.E.
Mark Bouma started with the NTTA in 1998 leading the design and construction of the President George Bush Turnpike and Addison Airport Toll Tunnel. In 1999, he became Director of Engineering, leading the NTTA’s rapid growth in planning, design and construction of toll road and capital improvement projects. In late 2007, he became the NTTA's Technical Oversight Leader, providing technical direction and quality assurance over design and construction in the NTTA's newly formed Project Delivery Department.
Previously, Mark was employed for 12 years by HNTB Corporation. His work included construction management of the Dallas North Tollway extensions from IH 635 to SH 121, TxDOT bridge inspections, rehabilitation design of the historic Waco Suspension Bridge, and design of bridges and interchanges.
Mark earned his B.S. and M.E. degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1983 and 1986, respectively.
Mark is the past Chairman of the Engineering and Design Committee for the International Bridge Tunnel & Turnpike Association. He is also very active in the Boy Scouts in Frisco as Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Associate Advisor, Unit Commissioner and Chapter Advisor to the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow honor society.
The North Texas Tollway Authority's origins can be traced back to 1953 with the creation of the Texas Turnpike Authority (TTA), a state agency charged with building and operating the Dallas Fort Worth Turnpike between Dallas and Fort Worth. The project was started in 1955 and completed in 1957.
In 1977, when all outstanding bonds were retired, the road was transferred to the Texas Department of Transportation as a toll-free highway, 17 years ahead of schedule. TxDOT designated the former DFW Turnpike as Interstate 30. (It is no longer a statewide practice to remove tolls from roadways due to a lack of state funding to maintain the roadways.)
The TTA began its second project, the Dallas North Tollway, in 1966 and opened the first segment to motorists in 1968. In 1977, the TTA initiated construction on the two-mile Mountain Creek Lake Toll Bridge in Grand Prairie, which opened to traffic in 1979. Throughout the years, the TTA also began projects in other areas of Texas, including the Houston Ship Channel Bridge.
NTTA was created on Sept. 1, 1997, to finance, construct and oversee turnpike projects in North Texas. At that time, the TTA's assets and liabilities in North Texas were transferred to NTTA.
NTTA has the first option to develop toll roads planned in North Texas. When a proposed roadway's feasibility does not support tolling, NTTA may choose to waive its primacy.