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LBJ Express Project Reaches major Milestone with Opening of New Main Lanes

 

If you have driven during the daytime on  LBJ since the paving operations last weekend you might have noticed a big difference… smoother drive?  traffic is moving?

Now in its 5th and final year of construction, the LBJ Express highway reconstruction project recently reached a major milestone with the opening of all four, new general-purpose main lanes on eastbound and westbound I-635 between I-35E and US 75 (Central Expressway).

In June 2013, we opted to reduce the traffic flow in the construction zone from four main lanes to three in each direction to allow the project team to fast-track the completion of continuous frontage roads and bypass lanes, which were originally slated to open with the completion of the project but opened instead in November 2013.

This decision had significant implications for the driving public in terms of both safety and mobility.  By completing the frontage roads and bypass lanes two years earlier than originally planned, we were able to improve incident responses in the corridor as well as enhance access and traffic flow for adjacent businesses and the driving public.

As the massive $2.7 billion LBJ Express project moves towards completion later this year, the recent re-opening of the fourth main lane eastbound and westbound has helped improve movement through the length of the corridor.  With summer vacations in full swing, the timing couldn’t be better for opening these lanes.

In the final phases of construction, it will be necessary to implement several series of overnight and weekend closures to lay final pavement along the frontage roads, install overhead signs and prepare the highway corridor for full operations. Drivers are encouraged to check the website, www.lbjexpress.com/laneclosures.asp for updated information on upcoming lane closures and detours.

I know it’s hard to believe but we are nearing completion!!

LBJ Express with 3 lane configuration on July 6th.
LBJ Express on July 6th at 5 p.m. with 3 eastbound lanes 
LBJ Express with restored capacity of 4 lanes plus shoulders on July 13th.
LBJ Express on July 13th at 5 p.m.  with restored capacity of 4 lanes eastbound and westbound, plus shoulders

Ferrovial Agroman Takes Home Top Honors

Ferrovial Agroman U.S. Corp. (FAUS) recently received the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association’s Pillar Award as the 2013 General Contractor of the Year. Company executives were on hand to accept the award at a breakfast event at the Omni Dallas Hotel on April 11.

 The award recognized FAUS’ outstanding performance on the LBJ Express and North Tarrant Express (NTE) highway projects, particularly in the areas of safety, innovation, sustainable building practices and project management. A large emphasis was also placed on the economic impact of the projects and the company’s staff development programs, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and active support of minority-owned businesses.

 “We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Heather DeLapp, Regional Public Relations Manager. “Our company remains committed to delivering innovative roadway projects that will dramatically improve safety and reliability, while contributing to the overall economic vitality and quality of life for the North Texas region.”

 Regional-Hispanic-Contractors-Assoc-Award

FAUS is quickly becoming one of the most recognized highway construction contractors in the United States. The company was recently recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) as the 10th largest transportation contractor, having not even placed on the list the prior year.

 FAUS’ two North Texas projects represent nearly $5 billion in new infrastructure assets for the region, spanning 26 miles across nine municipalities and two counties. Collectively, a total of 300 companies have worked on the LBJ Express and NTE projects, averaging over $3 million in construction a day.

 Engaging minority- and women-owned businesses throughout the design and construction processes of the projects has been a priority on both projects. A total of 349 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms registered for the projects since 2010, representing more than 30 percent of the vendor/subcontractor registrants. Currently, there are approximately 100 DBEs engaged on the projects. These firms provide services in every facet of the project from engineering, utility relocation, drainage, structures and concrete fabrication to aerial photography, painting, miscellaneous concrete work and jobsite maintenance. Both highway projects also maintain a special registration for DBE firms on the projects’ respective websites.

 Finally, as public-private partnership (P3) projects, the LBJ Express and NTE serve as models for providing greater value with lower public subsidies and better long-term maintainability. The projects have helped drive public policy discussions at the state and national levels about the value of P3s in leveraging limited public resources for maximum public benefit at minimum risk, opening the door for broader acceptance of P3s and enabling more major infrastructure projects to advance.

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